After Mariyappan Thangavelu won first gold in 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics India got its second gold yesterday. Devendra Jhajharia won the gold medal in men’s Javelin throw F46 event.
Yesterday he made history in India’s paralympic record by got two gold medals for the first time in Paralympics. In 2004 Athens Paralympics his previous record was 62.15 metres, yesterday Devendra broke his own world record with an attempt of 63.97 metres. He finished top in the men’s F46 event.
The Javelin thrower is now ranked third in the world.
After Devendra’s achievement India’s tally in this year’s Paralympics reaches to four medals; two golds, one silver and one bronze.
The Rajasthan born athlete competed in the event alongside fellow Indians Sundar Singh Gurjar and Rinku Hooda. Sundar Singh Gurjar didn’t start the event and Rinku Hooda finished fifth with a personal best 54.39 metres.
When he was eight years old his left hand had to be amputated as he was electrocuted while climbing a tree. But this couldn’t discourage him from pursuing his goal.
Earlier, Deepa Malik, the shot putter on Monday bagged silver in the women’s shotput F53 event. On Friday Mariyappan Thangavelu had clinched gold in the Men’s High Jump in T24 category with fellow Indian Varun Bhati who grabbed bronze in the same event.
In 2004 Devendra awarded the Arjuna award.
In 2012 he got Padma Shri. He is the first Paralympian who received the award.
He clinched gold in 2013 at the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athletics World Championship in Lyon.
Twitter reactions of many eminent persons
Narendra Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia for the historic and well-deserved Gold at the #Paralympics. We are very proud of him. #Rio2016.”
Rajyavardhan Rathore, 2004 Athen Olympics silver medallist shooter wrote, “Congratulations #DevendraJhajharia Your #Gold @ #Paralympics is inspiring to many. Kudos to your efforts ?? #Rio2016.”
Virendra Sehwag tweeted, “#Paralympics is pyaara-lympics. Bow down to #DevendraJhajharia fr d Gold&new World Record.He won Gold in2004as well.”
Rohan Bopanna tweeted, “Congrats Devendra Jhajharia for breaking your own world record &making the country proud.”