It’s Gold for Devendra Jhajharia at Rio Paralympics

It is raining medals for the Indian contingent at the Rio Paralympics! While we won medals for High Jump and Shot put, another one was added to the tally yesterday by Devendra Jhajharia for Javelin throw.

But this is not the first Paralympic gold for Jhajharia. He won his gold earlier at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. This time around he bettered his record of the Athens throw of 62.15 m with an astounding 63.97m, thus breaking the world record too! He is currently ranked number 3 in the world.

Watch his epic performance here:

When he was 8, Jhajharia got electrocuted while climbing a tree and his left hand had to be amputated. But that didn’t crush his spirit. His struggle and eventual sports stardom was recognized by medals at various sporting events. For example, he won gold at the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon in 2013. Add to that the Paralympics victories, this Rajasthani’s dreams were more than realized despise his physical difficulties.

Devendra Jhajharia receiving the Padma Shri

Devendra Jhajharia receiving the Padma Shri

He was bestowed with the Arjuna award in 2004 and the Padma Shri in 2012, becoming the first Paralympian to receive the honour.

Congratulations sir! You have made a billion hearts proud!

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