Star Pakistan javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem insists he has no rivalry with Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, and mentioned there may be at all times scope for studying from prime athletes just like the Indian.
Chopra and Nadeem each certified for subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics and World Championships males’s javelin throw closing to be performed on Sunday.
Whereas Chopra wanted only one huge throw to qualify for the World Championships closing by notching up his fourth career-best efficiency of 88.77m in Budapest on Friday, Nadeem sealed his Paris Olympics berth and reached the boys’s closing together with his season-best throw of 86.79m.
“I do not compete towards anybody. I attempt to at all times compete with myself and to do higher and higher. There isn’t any rivalry with Neeraj,” Nadeem advised the media after qualifying for the ultimate. “You possibly can at all times study from prime athletes.”
Nadeem, who returned to competitors after almost one 12 months after overcoming an elbow damage which required surgical procedure, mentioned he had excessive regards for his Indian counterpart, Chopra. “I want him the most effective that he does effectively and my job is to get higher and higher for my nation,” he mentioned.
After Chopra pulled out of final 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham due to a groin damage, Nadeem went on to win Pakistan’s first medal in any observe and area occasion in 56 years.
Nadeem received the gold medal with a Herculean throw of 90.18 metres and Neeraj was the primary to congratulate him on his monster achievement.