Arshad Nadeem

Arshad Nadeem (Punjabi and Urdu: ارشد ندیم‎; born January 2, 1997) is a Pakistani athlete specialising in the javelin throw.[2] He represents WAPDA in domestic competition. In Dec 2019, he established a new South Asian Games record in Javelin throw with a distance of 86.29m, thus securing direct qualification to 2020 Summer Olympics,[3] making him the country's only track-and-field athlete to qualify directly for the Olympics and first Pakistani individual overall to qualify for the final of any track-and-field event at the Olympic Games.[3]

Arshad Nadeem
Arshad Nadeem at 2016 South-Asian Games.jpg
Personal information
Born (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 24)
Khanewal, Punjab, Pakistan[1]
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
Event(s)Javelin throw
Coached byFiaz Bokhari
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)NR 86.38 m (2021)
Updated on 7 August 2021.

Early lifeEdit

Arshad Nadeem belongs to Mian Channu, a small city in Khanewal District, Punjab and hails from an agriculturist family. He is the third oldest among five brothers in a Punjabi family. His father is a building contractor.[4] Arshad was an exceptionally versatile athlete from his early school years. Though he dabbled in all the sports on offer in his school — cricket, badminton, football and athletics — his passion was cricket and he soon found himself playing it at district-level tape-ball tournaments.[5] Upon entering grade seven in school, Arshad caught the eye of Rasheed Ahmad Saqi during an athletics competition. Saqi had a history of developing sportspeople in the division.[citation needed]

Before settling on Javelin throw, Arshad also pursued shot-put and discus throw. Gold medals in Javelin throw in successive Punjab Youth Festivals and an inter-board meet propelled him on to the national stage, bringing offers from all the leading domestic athletics teams, including Army, Air Force and WAPDA.[citation needed] It was his father Muhammad Ashraf who persuaded him to take up the sport of javelin throw.[6]


He started competing in javelin throw events from 2015. In 2016, he received a scholarship from World Athletics which made him eligible to train at the IAAF High Performance Training Centre in Mauritius.[5]

In May 2017, Nadeem won a bronze medal with a best throw of 76.33 metres at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku.[7] In April 2018, he set a new personal best of 80.45 metres in the qualification round of the javelin throw event at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia. In August 2018, he won a bronze medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he set a new personal best and national record of 80.75m.[8] He also sustained a back injury following the end of 2018 Commonwealth Games.[5]

As the only Pakistani athlete at the 2019 World Athletics Championships[9] in Doha, Qatar, Nadeem achieved a new personal best and national record of 81.52m.[10] In November 2019, Nadeem set a national record when he recorded an 83.65 metre throw to win gold for WAPDA at the 33rd National Games in Peshawar.[11] In December 2019, he won a gold medal with an 86.29 metre games record throw at the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal.[12]

He made his debut appearance at the Olympics representing Pakistan at the 2020 Summer Olympics and became the first Pakistani track and field athlete to receive direct qualification for the Olympics.[13][14] His father stated that Arshad was not provided even a good training ground facility prior to competing at the Olympics.[15] Arshad underwent training in his own house's courtyards and streets and believed to have not received any financial assistance from Government of Pakistan after being qualified to participate at the Tokyo Olympics.[6]

On 4 August 2021, he qualified for the men's javelin throw event final of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.[16][17] He became the first ever Pakistani to qualify for the final of any track and field events in the history of Olympics.[18][19] He finished fifth in the men's javelin throw event with a throw of 84.62.[20][21]

Personal lifeEdit

Nadeem is currently[when?] married with a son.[citation needed]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Pakistan
2016 South Asian Games Guwahati, India   Javelin throw 78.33 m
Asian Junior Athletics Championships Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Javelin throw 73.40 m
World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 30th (q) Javelin throw 67.17 m
2017 Islamic Solidarity Games Baku, Azerbaijan   Javelin throw 76.33 m
Asian Championships Bhubaneswar, India 7th Javelin throw 78.00 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 8th Javelin throw 76.02 m
Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia   Javelin throw 80.75 m
2019 Asian Championships Doha, Qatar 6th Javelin throw 78.55 m
World Championships Doha, Qatar 16th (q) Javelin throw 81.52 m NR
South Asian Games Kathmandu, Nepal   Javelin throw 86.29 m GR
2021 Imam Reza Cup Mashhad, Iran   Javelin throw 86.38 m
Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 5th Javelin throw 84.62 m
NR−National Record
GR−Games Record
q−Qualification round

Seasonal bests by yearEdit

Year Performance Place
2016 78.33 metres Guwahati, India
2017 78 metres Bhubaneswar, India
2018 80.75 metres Jakarta, Indonesia
2019 86.29 metres Kathmandu, Nepal
2021 86.38 metres Mashhad, Iran

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • Rewards -

For securing 5th Position in the final medal round at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics:-


  1. ^ 2018 CWG bio Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  2. ^ Arshad Nadeem at World Athletics
  3. ^ a b "Arshad Nadeem — from Mian Channu to Pakistan's hope for Olympic glory". 2021-08-07. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  4. ^ "Arshad Nadeem: Pakistan's new hero is a mason's son | SAMAA". Samaa TV. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  5. ^ a b c "Athletics – Nadeem Arshad – Tokyo 2020 Olympics". .. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  6. ^ a b "Olympic finalist Arshad Nadeem did not even have a ground to practice, claims father". 2021-08-04. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  7. ^ "Arshad claims javelin bronze for Pakistan in Baku". Dawn. May 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Nadeem Arshad wins bronze for Pakistan in Asian Games". The News International. 27 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Only one Pakistani athlete to compete in Doha". Dawn. September 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Javelin Throw Series Result | IAAF World Athletics Championships, DOHA 2019 |". Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  11. ^ "Arshad Nadeem, Maria Maratab set new national records". The News International. November 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "South Asian Games: Pakistan add four gold medals, takes tally to 24". Geo News. December 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Hometown celebrates Arshad's qualification". The Nation. 2021-08-04. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  14. ^ "Pakistani athletes Arshad Nadeem, Najma Parveen off to Tokyo for Olympics 2020". Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  15. ^ "Arshad Nadeem, Olympic javelin finalist, practiced with no ground, says fath". Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  16. ^ "Tokyo Olympics: Pakistan's javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem makes history". Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  17. ^ "Arshad Nadeem, Pakistan's last Olympics medal hope, qualifies for javelin throw final". Brecorder. Reuters. 2021-08-04. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  18. ^ Ramesh, Akshay (August 7, 2021). "Tokyo Olympics: Eyes on India-Pakistan rivalry on thrilling day as Neeraj Chopra eyes historic javelin medal". India Today. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  19. ^ "Who is Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem? Meet Neeraj Chopra's challenger in Javelin Throw final at Tokyo Olympics". Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  20. ^ "Tokyo Olympics: Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem misses out on medal but wins nation over". Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  21. ^ "Javelin throw at Tokyo Olympics: Arshad Nadeem misses out on medal, finishes 5th". 2021-08-07. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  22. ^ "WAPDA Honours its Athletes; Cash awards worth Rs.2.5 million each for Arshad Nadeem, Talha Talib". Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  23. ^ "One Million Cash Prize Announced For Arshad Nadeem". Retrieved 2021-08-10.