Pakistan’s hopes to win the medal in Tokyo Olympics were shattered on Saturday when Arshad Nadeem, the last surviving athlete of the country, fell short by 0.82m in Javelin Throw final.
The gold medalist of South Asian Games 2019, Arshad entered as one of the medal contenders after finishing third in qualifiers earlier. However, it wasn’t just his day. Arshad’s best throw in the final, 84.62, came in third attempt of initial phase and took him near to medal. However, he couldn’t surpass Vitezslav Vesely, Neeraj Chopra and Julian Weber in next three attempts of final phase. The 24-year-old Pakistani athlete could throw 82.91 and 81.98 in 4th and 5th attempt before being disqualified in 6th.
Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic had a throw of 86.67 in 5th attempt that put him on 2nd place, jumping from 8th. He won Silver. India’s Neeraj Chopra who had a throw of 87.59 in 2nd attempt won the Gold medal. Arshad Nadeem finished 5th with his best throw of 84.62m, 0.82m behind the bronze medalist Vitezslav Vesely.
With this, Pakistan’s campaign in Tokyo Olympics ended without a medal. 7th consecutive edition with a medal for the highly populated country. Pakistan has not won an Olympic medal since 1992. The last Olympic medal for the country was a bronze, claimed by the Hockey team at Barcelona. Before that, Boxer Hussain Shah had brought an individual medal home in 1988.