Devendra Jhajharia is a Javelin thrower who beat up his own existing world record and won the second gold medal for himself in the Paralympics. He has first one a medal in Paralympics games in Athens in 2004 and he won the second one on 14th September by finishing on top in the javelin throw event.

A file photo of gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia from one of his previous performances.
A file photo of gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia from one of his previous performances.

With this achievement, he has become the first ever Indian to grab two gold medals at the Paralympics. Devendra achieved his previous best in 2004 Athens Olympic games by scoring 62.15 metres but he improved on this figure by touching the mark of 63.97 in Rio Olympics going on currently.

With this addition to the tally, India has now won 4 medals in the current years’ Paralympics. Before Devendra, Thangavelu Mariyappan had won a gold medal in mens’ high jump and Varun Bhati had won a bronze medal in the same event of high jump. A silver medal was clinched by Deepa Malik in the shot put event.

With this wonderful performance and previous once being displayed by the Paralympians from India, Devendra received a lot of accolades from people all over the country. In his tweet, Virendra Sehwag said, “#Paralympics is pyaara-lympics. Bow down to #DevendraJhajharia for the Gold & new World Record. He won a Gold in 2004 as well.”

Other celebrities and politicians too extended their warm wishes to Jhajharia.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said, “Congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia for the historic and well-deserved Gold at the #Paralympics. We are very proud of him.

Abhinav Bindra lauded Devendra by tweeting, “Many many congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia. You inspire us all.”

Indians have been performing really well in the Paralympics this year and inspiring and making the country proud. With a few more events remaining, let us hope India rises up with a few more medals in the tally.



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