Devendra breaks his own record, wins gold at Paralympics

Devendra Jhajharia

Sep 14: India’s Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia bettered his own record by becoming the first to win two gold medals at Rio Paralympics.

Devendra, won the gold in the men’s javelin throw F46 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Earlier, he won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres, becoming only the second gold medallist at the Paralympics for his country. This time on Tuesday with an improvement Jhajharia, recorded a throw of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium.

Devendra took India’s tally at this edition of the Paralympics to four medals: two golds, one silver and a bronze.

Devendra competed in the event with the fellow Indians Rinku Hooda and Sundar Singh Gurjar. Rinku finished fifth with a personal best of 54.39 metres in six attempts, while Sundar Singh Gurjar didn’t start the event.

The 36-year-old is currently ranked third in the world.

Wefornews Bureau

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