A proud day for India. Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia won a gold medal at Rio Paralympics 2016. He threw a sensational 63.97 metres in his third attempt. It was Devendra’s second gold medal after he won his first at Athens 2004 Paralympic games at the age of 23.
Devendra broke his own world record of 62.15 metres he set at Athens Paralympics. He is the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics. Jhajharia had to wait 12 years for this moment as his event F46 Javelin throw was readded in the Paralypics.
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Fellow Indians Rinku Hooda and Sundar Singh garjar also participated in the same event. Rinku, the 17-year old finished 5th in his Olympic debut making his personal best and Gurjar didn’t start the event. Devendra added a 4th medal to India’s tally at the Rio Paralympics 2016. Earlier Thangavelu Marriyappan won gold in a Men’s High Jump event and Varun Bhati won a bronze in the same event. Deepa Malik won a silver in women’s shot put event.
35-year old Devendra Jhajharia grewup in Rajashtan. He was eight years old when he suffered an unfortunate accident. While climbing a tree, Devendra was electrocuted nye a live wire. In 1997 Dronacharya Awardee coach RD Singh spotted Devendra’s talent. RD Singh encouraged him to take throwing as a full time sport.
Devendra is a silver medallist of 2015 World Championship in Doha and 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. He is a proud Arjuna Award winner and Padma Shri Award winner.
Jhajharia was one of the brightest medal prospects at this Paralympics and he didn’t disappoint. The two time gold medallist has been consistent all through his career. Stylewhack team salutes Devendra and all the Paralympians. May they get the recognition they deserve.