Arshad Nadeem Pakistani javelin thrower biography, age, height, wife, coach, best throw personal record

Arshad Nadeem Pakistani javelin thrower biography, age, height, wife, coach, best throw personal record

Arshad Nadeem is a Pakistani Javelin thrower who recently won the Silver medal at the ongoing World Athletics Championships 2023, check out his bio and wife

Nadeem won the silver medal after finishing behind India’s Neeraj Chopra, with his personal best throw of 87.82m.

Arshad Nadeem Pakistani javelin thrower biography, age, height, family, wife, best throw personal record

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Nadeem was the sole representative for Pakistan at the 2019 World Athletics Championships held at Doha.

Arshad Nadeem bio and family

Arshad Nadeem is a Pakistani Javelin thrower who was born on Thursday, 2 January 1997 in Mian Channu, Pakistan. He was born to into a Muslim family and attended a Govt High School 102/15-l, Mian Channu during his childhood. His father Muhammad Ashraf was a mason, and Arshad is the third oldest amongst five brothers.

Interestingly, one of his younger brothers is also a javelin thrower. Arshad represents the WAPDA in the domestic level. He is the also the first Pakistani athlete to ever qualify for the final in any track and field event held at the Olympic Games and the World Athletics Championships.

Age and height

Arshad Nadeem is 26 years old currently and stands at a height of 187 cm (6’ 2”).

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Arshad has two kids- a son and a daughter but while he is married, his wife’s name isn’t known.

Coach

Arshad Nadeem currently trains under two coaches, Rasheed Ahmad Saqi and Syed Fiaz Hussain Bokhari. Nadeem has been training under Rasheed ever since he caught his attention during an athletics competition while in his seventh grade.

Early life

While growing up in Mian Channu, Arshad was big fan of Pakistan’s popular rural sport Nezabazi (tent pegging) and even took up the sport various other sports like cricket, badminton, football, and athletics. In fact, Nadeem even played cricket at district-level tape-ball tournaments. However, the back-then aspiring teenager eventually chose athletics over cricket.

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Inspired by his two elder brothers, both of whom were athletes at the divisional level, Nadeem chose athletics after a thorough discussion with his coach. After choosing athletics, he pursued several disciplines like shot-put, discus throw, and javelin throw. However, he dropped the other two and chose to dedicate himself solely on javelin throw.

Medals won   

Arshad Nadeem has won the following medals throughout his career so far:

Competition Medal
2019 South Asian Games (Kathmandu) with a throw of 86.29 m (South Asian Games record and national record) Gold
2021 Imam Reza Cup (Mashhad) with a throw of 86.38 m (national record) Gold
2019 National Games (Peshawar) with a throw of 83.65 Gold
2022 Commonwealth Games (Birmingham) with a throw of 90.18 m (Commonwealth Games record and national record) Gold
2023 World Athletics Championships Budapest (87.82m) Silver
2016 South Asian Games (Guwahati) with a throw of 78.33 m (national record) Bronze
2016 Asian Junior Athletics Championships (Ho Chi Minh City) with a throw of 73.40 m Bronze
2017 Islamic Solidarity Games (Baku) with a throw of 76.33 m Bronze
2018 Asian Games (Jakarta) with a throw of 80.75 m (national record) Bronze

Arshad Nadeem career

Nadeem officicaly began his career as a javelin thrower in 2015 making an appearance in the 2015 National Championships trials. Despite the scouts on duty initially dismissing him, Syed Fiaz Hussain Bokhari, saw some potential in him and chose him. Much to everyone’s surprise, Arshad went on to secure a gold medal in the competition with a 69m throw. Following which Bokhari, became his permanent coach and he started representing Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) in domestic competitions.

When he was 18, Arshad became the national champion, and competed at the SAG 2016, Guwahati. He also competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, where he broke his own national record. However, he got injured in the process and failed to deliver. Arshad also competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and entered the final of the men’s javelin throw. In doing so, he became the first-ever Pakistani to qualify for the final of any track and field event.

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Later in July 2022, Arshad again became the first ever Pakistani to qualify for the final of any event at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He did this while carrying an elbow injury. He achieved his most important win by becoming the first Pakistani to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Arshad has now added to this successful career run with a silver medal at the ongoing WAC Budapest 2023.

The 25-year-old created the games record with a throw of 90.18m which is his best throw to clinch the gold medal leaving behind his closest competitor.

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