Rio 2016: Devendra Jhajharia Wins India Its Second Gold; Betters Own World Record

Indian Para-Athlete Devendra Jhajharia on September 13 created history when he won Gold in Men’s Javelin Throw event at Rio Paralympics.


This was his second gold in Paralympics, with last one coming 12 years ago in Athens.

What is more, he even bettered his own world record while achieving the feat and also set a new Paralympics record.

Jhajharia throw of 63.97m at Rio was better than his Athens 2004 world record by over a metre and a half.  He had won gold in the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a throw of 62.15 m.

The 36-year-old is currently ranked third in the world and is now the only Indian to win Gold in two Paralympic Games.


Jhajharia was competing alongside fellow Indians Rinku Hooda who came 5th and Sundar Singh Gurjar who didn’t start the event.

With Jhajharia’s Gold, India now has four medals in Rio Paralympics with two golds, one silver, and a bronze.

Jhajharia had last participated in the Paralympics 12 years ago as F46 event did not feature in the 2008 and the 2012 editions.

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