Devendra Jhajhari is an Indian Athlete who was competing in Paralympic javelin thrower competing in F46 events. He is India’s first sportsmen of Paralympics to win TWO GOLD MEDALS at the Paralympics. He won his first GOLD in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, becoming the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country. In the year 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won a second gold medal in the same event, bettering his previous record. Devendra is currently supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. He becomes India’s most decorated Paralympic player by winning his third medal, a silver at the 2020 Summer Paralympics at Tokyo.
Not being there with his cancer suffering father during his last few moments last year still rankles Devendra Jhajhario, who dedicated his third Paralympic medal to the man without whose encouragement, he wouldn’t have competed at the Paralympics.the 40 year old javelin thrower, already India’s greatest Paralympian after winning gold medal in 2004 and in 2016 games, pulled off a new personal best throw of 64.35m for the silver in F46 classification.
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“Of course, this medal belongs to the nation but I also want to dedicate this medal to my father Ram Singh Jhajharia who had wanted me to win another medal in the Paralympics,” Jhajharia told PTI from Tokyo
PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi talked to him on phone after his silver-winning feat. Asked about the conversation, Jhajharia said, “He congratulated me for bringing laurels to do country. There is nothing happier than the PM of your country encouraging you to excel.”
“He interacted with all of us before departing for Paralympics and now also he keeps motivating us. This is good for the country’s sports.”
Devendra Jhajharia managed a best throw of 64.35m, which helped him surpass his own world and Games record of 63.97m which he had set at the 2016 Paralympics.