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Twitter Goes Bonkers as India, Pakistan Renew Rivalry for Javelin Final at Tokyo Olympics

Gold medallist India's Neeraj Chopra (L) shakes hands with bronze medallist Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem during the victory ceremony for the men's javelin throw athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018.
© AFP 2021 / JEWEL SAMAD

India and Pakistan have renewed their historic sporting rivalry at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

News of India's Neeraj Chopra and Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem making it to the final of the men's javelin at the Tokyo Olympics has fuelled scores of comments on Twitter. 

Netizens are going crazy over the rivalry between the two countries as they anticipate a tight final. 

While Chopra topped Group A with a spectacular throw of 86.65 metres in his first attempt, Nadeem, who is an Asian Games bronze medalist, surprised Group B as he registered 85.16 metres at the Olympic Stadium in the Japanese capital.

World champion Johannes Vetter qualified for the final with a throw of 85.64 metres. The German has recorded the longest throw this season with 96.29m, a feat he achieved at the European Team Championships in Poland.

Chopra has so far thrown the second longest distance this season – 88.07 metres at the Indian Grand Prix in March.

The men's javelin final will be held on 7 August – Chopra, Nadeem, and Vetter will be going head to head for gold.

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