Devendra Jhajharia won his second Gold in the men’s Javelin throw F46 event at the Rio Paralympics on Tuesday. His beat his earlier record of 62.15 m at the Athens paralympics with an attempt of 63.97 m, which makes his current ranking no. 3 in the world.
This year, India has 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze so far in the Rio paralympics. Earlier this year, Jhajharia also won a gold medal at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship in Dubai. Apart from this, he has won several other accolades like a Gold at the IPC Athletics World Championships; Silver at the 2014 Asian Para Games; and another Gold medal at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship.
Born in Rajasthan, Devendra had to get his hand amputated at the age of 8 when he got electrocuted while climbing a tree. He is currently being supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme and coached by Dronacharya Awardee coach R.D. Singh.