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Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan grabbed the opportunity due to the absence of Neeraj Chopra, won the gold in the Commonwealth

Pakistan’s javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem created history by winning the gold medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. He threw 90.18 meters in the 5th attempt, which was the highest in this event. He also overtook Grenada’s Anderson Peters, who took the silver medal with a throw of 88.64m. This is the same Peters who snatched the gold medal from India’s Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra at the World Championships.

It is a matter of coincidence that just a day before the start of the Commonwealth Games, Neeraj Chopra was ruled out of the tournament due to injury. Had he been here, his goal was also to throw the javelin more than 90 meters away. In his absence, it was believed that Arshad Nadeem’s medal was sure, as he had finished fourth in the World Championships.

At that time, Anderson Peters had already crossed 90 meters in an attempt at the World Championships. He had ensured his medal by throwing 90.21 and 90.46 meters in two consecutive attempts. Arshad, however, turned the game here. He also made a special record by throwing more than 90 meters. He has become the first javelin thrower to hit this target from the subcontinent.

It is noteworthy that Neeraj had thrown 89.94 meters in Diamond League, which is his best performance. Arshad, on the other hand, is constantly improving his game. Arshad was far behind in the Tokyo Olympics, while Neeraj won the gold. At that time Arshad had come into controversy for catching Neeraj’s spear. However, Neeraj defended him.

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