Neeraj Chopra's message for Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem, who won gold in javelin at the CWG goes viral

Neeraj Chopra's message for Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem, who won gold in javelin at the CWG goes viral

In the javelin event on Sunday night, Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem broke the elite 90-metre barrier to set a new Commonwealth Games record. He defeated a top-notch competition in Birmingham to earn his nation's first athletics gold at a CWG in 60 years with a throw of 90.18 metres.

India's Neeraj Chopra, who has been a rival of Nadeem over the years, did not take part in the men's javelin event at the CWG because of a thigh injury. 

Arshad talked about what he had been missing from the scene of his victory in the mixed zone. " Neeraj ki kami mehsoos hui hai. I sensed Neeraj's absence today while competing, woh hote toh aur bhi mazaa aata. It would be even more enjoyable)," he told the media.

Neeraj Chopra, an Olympic winner for India, missed the CWG because of an injury he sustained in July during the World Championships in Oregon. While Arshad placed fifth in Oregon, Neeraj took home the silver medal.

"We have a great friendship. The nature of the sport makes injuries inevitable. I pray that the Almighty would provide him health as well. For the next events, I'd like to use this opportunity to wish him well," Arshad stated.

At the Asian Games in 2018, where the Indian won gold and the Pakistani took home bronze, a photo of Chopra and Nadeem standing together on the platform quickly became popular.

In just a few hours, Neeraj gave his compliment. "Congratulations to Arshad bhai on his gold medal and new games record of 90 metres." He responded to a message from Arshad on Instagram by writing, "All the best for the tournaments in the future.

The first international tournament for both took place at the Guwahati 2016 South Asian Games. Neeraj captured gold with a throw of 82.23 metres, while Arshad won bronze with a throw of 78.33 metres and broke a Pakistani national record. They again competed in 2018 at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, where Arshad placed eighth and Neeraj won gold (where Neeraj won gold and Arshad got bronze). While Arshad placed fifth, Neeraj earned India's first-ever athletics medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj, though, has surpassed Pakistan's star in almost all of the games.

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