Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia wins gold at Paralympics

jhajhariaIndia’s Devendra Jhajharia bettered his own world record to win gold in the men’s javelin throw F67 event at the Rio Paralympics.

In 2004 at the Athens Paralympics he made a record throw of 62.15 metres, and improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Engahao Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Devendra took India’s tally to four medals – 2 gold, one silver and a bronze. 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 age 8, and his left hand had to be amputated. But he persisted with his dreams.