Devendra Jhajharia wins Gold

RIO DE JANEIRO: India’s Devendra Jhajharia has won Gold in Javelin Throw F46 with new World Record of 63.97m at Rio Paralympics. He is currently ranked third in the world.

Devendra is the first Indian to win two Gold medals at Paralympics. He had also won a Gold medal in 2004 for Javelin with a record throw of 62.15 metres. He received Arjuna award in 2004 and Padma Shri in 2012.

Devendra is a 36-year-old Rajasthan born athlete with an amputated left hand. He had lost his hand when he was eight year old, when fell down while climbing a tree.

With this medal, India has achieved a tally of four medals at Paralympics: two gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal- a far better performance that the one in Olympics.

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