Arshad Nadeem finishes fifth in World Championships javelin final

Pakistani Arshad Nadeem finished fifth in the World Championship javelin final in Oregon, becoming the first Pakistani athlete to finish in the top eight.

According to a report in World Athletics, Grenada’s Anderson Peters defeated Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra to retain his javelin throwing world title on Saturday.

Peters was the only athlete to cross the 90m mark, doing so three times in windy conditions at Hayward Field.

Chopra threw a best of 88.13m to finish second, while Czech Jakub Vadlejch, who won silver in Tokyo, took bronze with an effort of 88.09m.

German Julian Weber remained in fourth place, while Arshad Nadeem was fifth with 86.16m. The Finnish Lassi Etelatalo was sixth (82.70m). Andrian Mardare from Moldova and Oliver Helander from Finland also threw over 82 meters in seventh and eighth respectively.

“Most pitchers prefer the wind from behind, but today we had a headwind,” said Peters. “So it was a bit challenging today, but I managed it. Defending the title is not an easy task. I had to push myself.

“I knew I was champion on the last try, but I worked on my technique with every throw and I finally succeeded.”

Chopra’s throw was more than the 87.58 m he produced in Tokyo, where he became the first Indian to win individual gold in athletics.

His silver medal in Eugene was India’s first at a world championship and only the country’s second in the overall standings after Anju Bobby George took bronze in the women’s long jump in Paris 2003.

Chopra, who rose to become the first men’s javelin thrower to take an Olympic victory with a world title since Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen in 2009, said he wasn’t feeling his best.

“I didn’t feel well in the first three pitches. My warm-up was not good,” he added. “I felt something in my groin during the throw, but I think it’s okay. It was a good experience today.

“Next year we also have the World Championships, so I will try to do better in Budapest.”

“I feel very good after winning silver for India,” Chopra said in a video shared by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). “Next year we have another World Cup and I will try to do better there.”

German Johannes Vetter, who won gold in London in 2017 and has the second longest throw of all time, has not competed in the World Championships due to a shoulder injury.

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