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Pakistan javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem congratulates role model Neeraj Chopra

Arshad Nadeem had tweeted a picture of himself and Neeraj Chopra at the podium of the 2018 Asian Games.

Published: 07th August 2021 11:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2021 11:14 PM   |  A+A-

Arshad Nadeem, of Pakistan, competes in the men's javelin throw final at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Arshad Nadeem, of Pakistan, competes in the men's javelin throw final at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. (Photo | AP)

By IANS

TOKYO: Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem, who finished fifth in Olympic men's javelin throw, congratulated India's Neeraj Chopra on winning gold medal in Saturday's competition and also apologised to his nation for not fulfulling their hopes of a medal.

Nadeem was Pakistan's biggest medal hope at the Olympics but his best throw of 84.62 wasn't good enough for a medal. Chopra won gold with a best throw of 87.58. The silver and bronze medals went to Czech Republic while the fourth place went to Germany.

"Congratulations to #NeerajChopra for winning first place [emoticon: gold medal] #JavelinThrow competition in #TokyoOlympics," tweeted the 24-year-old Nadeem who considers 23-year-old Chopra as his role medal.

Prior to the competition, he had tweeted a picture of himself and Chopra at the podium of the 2018 Asian Games where the Indian won gold and the Pakistani won bronze.

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