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First Pakistani Javelin Thrower Arshad Nadeem is Directly Qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem has become the first Pakistani to directly qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, state-run Pakistan Television’s (PTV) sports channel reported this week. 

In March, Japan announced the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, the first such delay in the Games’ 124-year modern history, as the coronavirus crisis wrecked the world’s last sporting showpiece still standing this year.


Bronze medallist Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem celebrates during the victory ceremony for the men’s javelin throw athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018. (AFP)

The Olympics qualification standard for the javelin throw is 85 meters.

“Arshad Nadeem represented #Pakistan in the 2019 South Asian Games & clinched gold with a throw of 86.29 meters, which also translated into an automatic feature in the Tokyo Olympics as he surpassed the mandatory 85 meters qualification criteria,” PTV Sports said in a tweet on Tuesday.

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