Another Indian Paralympian Strikes medal at Rio Paralympics 2016, and this time in Javelin Throw. Paralympian and World Record Holder Devendra Jhajharia struck his second Gold medal at the Paralympics by breaking his own world record of 62.15m. This time Devendra’s throw hit at the distance of 63.97m, which is now a new world record.
Entire India is congratulating Devendra Jhajharia on his achievement and in the row, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted to congratulate Devendra Jhajharia for his extraordinary achievement.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 14, 2016
Take a look at the Gold Striking Throw by Devendra Jhajharia
Devendra Jhajharia had also won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres, becoming only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country, and improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres in Rio.
Know More about Devendra Jhajharia
The Rajasthan-born athlete, with an amputated left hand, was awarded the Arjuna award in 2004 and the Padma Shri in 2012, becoming the first Paralympian to receive the honour. He was electrocuted while climbing a tree when he was eight years old and his left hand had to be amputated. But that didn’t deter him from pursuing his dreams.
The 36-year-old Devendra Jhajharia is currently ranked third in the world. He competed in the event alongside fellow Indians Rinku Hooda and Sundar Singh Gurjar. Rinku finished fifth with a personal best of 54.39 metres in six attempts, while Sundar Singh Gurjar didn’t start the event.
India’s Tally now includes 4 Paralympic Medals
With Jhajharia’s Gold, India’s tally at this edition of the Paralympics is now to four medals which includes two golds, one silver and a bronze. Before Jhajharia, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Deepa malik and Varun Singh Bhati made India Proud by striking medals at Rio Paralympics.