Pakistan javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem created history at the 2022 Commonwealth Games as he became the first-ever South Asian to breach the coveted 90m mark as he took home the gold medal on Sunday night. In the absence of Neeraj Chopra, Nadeem beat stars like Anderson Peters, Julius Yego and Keshorn Walcott with a 90.18m throw on his fifth attempt to win the gold medal.
This was also Pakistan's first ever gold in javelin throw at the CWG. He also became the fourth javelin thrower in recent years to breach the 90m mark after Johannes Vetter, Anderson Peters and Jakub Vadlejch.
World champion Anderson Peters of Grenada finished second with a best attempt of 88.64 metres. Peters also created his own record as he registered the furthest-ever second place throw in the history of the Commonwealth Games.
Kenya's Julius Yego also had an incredible throw to get his season best of 85.70m and take the bronze medal. In Chopra's absence, D.P. Manu represented India and finished fifth with a best throw of 82.28m, while Rohit Yadav ended the final at the sixth place with an effort of 82.22 metres.
Nadeem’s record in Birmingham also overtook Neeraj Chopra's Tokyo Olympic throw of 87.58m, which helped the Indian win the gold medal. But in the recently concluded World Athletics Championship, Chopra had a throw of 88.13m and finished above Arshad Nadeem in both these events.