Pakistan star athlete Arshad Nadeem has dedicated his Commonwealth Games gold medal to the nation ahead of the Independence Day on August 14.
The 25-year-old won the gold after a record-breaking effort in the javelin throw final on Monday.
In the first attempt, Nadeem broke his personal best with an 86.81 meters throw. In the third attempt, he broke his own record by achieving an 88m throw, followed by an 85.09m throw in the fourth attempt.
However, in the fifth attempt, the Khanewal-born stunned everyone by setting a new Commonwealth Games record with a 90.18m throw. He also became the first man from South Asia to cross the 90m barrier.
While talking to SAMAA exclusively, the Khanewal-born thanked the nation and the sports boards for their support.
“I want to thank Allah Almighty first, my parents and the rest of the nation for their prayers,” he said. “I know they are awake late in the night and praying for my success. I want to dedicate this medal to the nation as the 14th August is just around the corner.”
“There is a saying that whenever there is an injury, it enhances the performance. This is what I have heard and today I witnessed,” he said. “From the federation, General Akram Sahi, General secretary Muhammad Zafar, Salman Butt, Dr. Asad Badsha and from UK Dr. Ali Bajwa they all worked hard and I want to thank the Pakistan Sports Board and the Punjab Sports Board, who provided me the facilities and helped me win the gold medal.”
It was Pakistan’s second gold in Birmingham and the first was also won with a Games record when Nooh Dasagir Butt triumphed in the +105kg weightlifting competition.