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Rajasthan govt awards Rs 75 lakh to Rio Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 September 2016, 15:21 IST

Following Devendra Jhajharia's world record breaking feat at the Rio Paralympics, the Rajasthan government announced a cash prize of Rs 75 lakh to the gold medalist. The Rajasthan government also allotted a 200sq metre plot in the capital city of Jaipur and 25 'Bigha' land in Ganganagar.

Devendra Jhajharia on Wednesday won his second gold medal at the Rio Paralympics F46 event. His gold medal at the Rio Paralympics 2016 is only India's fourth gold in Paralympics history. He is the first Paralympian to receive the Padma Shri. In 2014, he was named the para-sportsperson of the year by FICCI.

In 1997, his coach Ripudaman Singh spotted his potential and encouraged him to take up the sport seriously. India's flag bearer at 2016 Rio Paralympics, a Maharana Pratap Puraskar Award winner, a member of the Paralympics committee of Rajasthan, and an employee with the Railways, this one hand 'gold' star is ready to shine brighter than ever.

First published: 14 September 2016, 15:21 IST
 
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