- Devendra won his previous gold in the 2004 Athens Games.
- Devendra bettered his own world record to finish on top in the men’s F46 event.
- This is the fourth medal for India in Rio Paralympics
Accolades started to pour in for Devendra Jhajharia as from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to former cricketers such as Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif congratulated the athlete for his stupendous feat of winning the gold medal in men’s javelin throw F46 event at the ongoing Rio Paralympics.
“Congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia for the historic and well-deserved Gold at the #Paralympics. We are very proud of him. #Rio2016,” Modi wrote in a tweet.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 14, 2016
Devendra Jhajharia, on Wednesday, won the Gold medal for the men’s javelin throw F46 event in the Rio 2016 Paralympics. His attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium was a world record and an improvement on the previous record of 62.15 metres set by him in the Athens Paralympics 2004, which earned him his first gold medal.
Jhajharia’s achievement has given India its second gold medal and fourth medal overall in the 2016 Paralympics. Devendra 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.
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 track and field star won gold at the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon in 2013. He last participated in the Paralympics 12 years ago. The F46 event did not feature in the 2008 and the 2012 editions.
Earlier, Shot putter Deepa Malik on Monday confirmed India’s third medal at the Paralympic Games. Deepa Malik bagged a silver medal in the women’s shotput F53 event, with a personal best throw of 4.61 metres.
Mariyappan Thangavelu had won gold in the Men’s High Jump T42 category on Friday with fellow Indian Varun Bhati taking bronze at the same event.
Devendra Jhajharia’s achievement is being lauded by one and all on social media.
The Don’t Give Up World community congratulates Devendra Jhajhariavfor his outstanding feat and is proud of his achievement. We wish him all the best for many more laurels he is going to brought for India.