Track and field athlete Arshad Nadeem clinched the second gold medal for Pakistan at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham after a career-best 90.18-metre throw in the javelin final, edging out Grenada’s Anderson Peters who ended up in second place.
Nadeem’s throw was also the Games’ record, and was registered in his fifth throw.
Meanwhile, world champion Peters’ throw of 88.64 metres was the furthest ever second place throw in the history of the Games, stated information on the Commonwealth Games website.
Kenya’s Julius Yego registered a season’s best of 85.7m and took the bronze medal.
Nadeem started the first round in fine fashion, landing his first throw at a distance of a then career-best 86.81m. His second throw was declared a foul, while the third hit a distance of 88m.
Nadeem led the first round with a throw of 88m, followed by Julius Yego (85.70), Peters (82.74) and Keshorn Walcott (82.61).
All athletes were given three more attempts in the second and final round.
Two-time world champion Peters, who made a shaky start, returned with a bang and registered a distance of 88.64 metres in his fourth attempt.
In order to stay on top, Nadeem needed to improve on his career-best, which he did as he recorded a distance of 90.18m.
Nadeem, who finished fifth at last year’s Tokyo Olympics as well as in the recently-held World Championship, was among the favourites to win after his key competitor Neeraj Chopra of India pulled out of the quadrennial event due to a groin injury.