Tokyo Olympics : Neeraj Chopra had asked Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan for his javelin before the final, said- brother, give me my spear
India's Neeraj Chopra created history by winning a gold medal in the javelin throw event at the Tokyo Olympics that concluded a few days ago. He won India's first gold medal in athletics by throwing 87.58 meters in the javelin throw. Neeraj is the first athlete in India's Olympic history to win a gold medal in the track and field event. All was not well for Neeraj in the final match. When he got ready for the fight, his spear was not available. Actually, Neeraj's javelin was with Pakistan's athlete Arshad Nadeem at that time. This has been disclosed by Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra himself.
In an interview with Times of India, Neeraj said, "Before the final, I was searching for my javelin, but I could not find it, suddenly I saw Arshad Nadeem coming towards me with my spear, then I told him, brother. Give me this spear because it is my javelin, I have to throw with it, then Arshad returns my spear to me.
So you must have noticed that I made my first throw in a hurry. Neeraj Chopra further said Arshad Nadeem did really well in the finals apart from the qualifying rounds. I think it is a good sign for Pakistan, they should show more interest in javelin throw and do better at the international level in the future.
Arshad Nadeem was a medal contender in the Tokyo Olympics. But his throw of 84.62m in the final was not enough to win his medal. Earlier, he had qualified for the final by throwing 85.16m javelin. Arshad Nadeem considers javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra as his idol. He is the first Pakistani athlete to have qualified for the final at the Olympics in any event of track and field event.