Mohammad Yasir Sultan Eyes Olympics Qualification in South Korea Event

The event is scheduled in Paris from 26 July to 11 August 2024.

Pakistan's No. 2 javelin thrower, Mohammad Yasir Sultan, eagerly awaits the June Olympics qualification event in South Korea.

Yasir, who gained recognition with a bronze medal at the Asian Championship last year, aims to secure a spot in the Olympics at the upcoming event in South Korea in mid-June.

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"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am fully focused. InshaAllah, I will manage a throw of 85 meters plus to qualify for the Paris Olympics," Yasir said in an interview on Monday.

Despite efforts to reach senior officials of the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP), they remained unresponsive. However, it has been learned that Yasir is set to participate in the June event.

This event could be a game-changer in Yasir's athletic career if he achieves the qualifying standard of 85.5 meters. It may also pave the way for him to contend for a medal in the Olympics if he qualifies. Yasir was observed undergoing a complete training session at the Punjab Stadium, displaying top form and a positive mindset towards achieving his goal.

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During the training session, Yasir executed around 45 throws, both from a standing position and with full run-ups, with impressive results. He appears to pose a real challenge to javelin throwers competing at the world level.

Yasir's run-up and footwork were commendable, and he is expected to enhance the rhythm in his throws as he still has ample time before the event. According to sources, AFP plans to field both Arshad Nadeem and Yasir in an event in China at the end of June.

Yasir's coach, Fayyaz Hussain Bukhari, who guided Arshad to a fifth-place finish in the Tokyo Olympics, will accompany Yasir during the South Korea event. "Training is progressing well, and we have made several improvements. While it would have been beneficial to have a competition before this event, I am grateful for the opportunity," Yasir remarked.

Expressing his determination, Yasir affirmed, "I will give my hundred percent, InshaAllah." Coach Fayyaz Bukhari also expressed optimism about Yasir's prospects.

“Yes, he is growing well and InshaAllah will manage the desired throw,” Bukhari told this correspondent. “We have one and a half month and I am trying to train him well,” Bukhari told The News on the sidelines of the training session. “Feelings come in competition and today you saw he was throwing well and if he manages his throws with good feelings then I hope he will be able to achieve his goal,” Bukhari said.

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