Devendra Jhajharia wins gold at Rio Paralympics
India’s Devendra Jhajharia broke his own world record in the men’s javelin throw F46 event to win India’s second gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
He had won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres, becoming only the second gold medallist at the Paralympics for India.
He improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao) at Rio De Janeiro on Tuesday.
Devendra, who is currently ranked third in the world, added a gold to India’s tally at the Rio Games. India has clinch four medals — two golds, one silver and a bronze.
Guo Chunliang of China, who is now World No.1, took home the silver with a best throw of 59.93m while Sri Lanka’s Herath Mudiyanselage won bronze with a best effort of 58.23m
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.