Devendra Jhajharia wrote a new chapter in the Indian sports history when he won a gold medal in the Javelin Throw in the ongoing Paralympics Games with new world record. By achieving this feat he also became the first Indian athlete to win two gold medals in the Paralympics. He won his first Paralympics gold in 2004 Athens Games. Devendra bettered his own world record of 62.13m set in the 2004 Games by hurling the Javelin to 63.97m in Men’s F46 category. Such was his strength and superiority in this event that he left everyone trailing far behind. Guo Chunliang of China who bagged the silver medal, could throw the Javelin only to a distance of 59.93m followed by Herath Mudiyanse of Sri Lanka sent the Javelin sailing as far as 58.23m. India now have two gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the ongoing edition of the Games.
Hailing from Rajasthan, the 36-year old paraplegic-star Devendra Jhajharia has had his left hand amputated after he came in touch with live electric wire while climbing a tree as an 8-yr old. However, not daunted at all by this setback, he continued to participate in sports and won many medals. The accolades he won included a gold medal at the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon in 2013 besides his golden achievement at Athens in 2004. He would have won many more medals had the F46 event not excluded from the 2008 and the 2012 Paralympics.
He was also awarded with the Arjuna Award in 2004 and thereafter with Padma Shri in 2012.
A day before Deepa Malik won a silver medal in the women’s F53 Shot-put event to become the first Indian woman athlete to achieve this feat. Deepa threw her personal best 4.61m in her sixth and final attempt to finish second behind Bahrain’s Fatema Nedham, who registered 4.76m mark to win gold. Dimitra Korokida of Greece took bronze with a throw of 4.28m.
|… by Animesh Khare|