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Rio Paralympics: Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia bags gold; betters his own world record

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 September 2016, 8:14 IST

India's Devendra Jhajharia broke his own world record to win gold in the men's javelin throw F46 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Earlier Jhajharia had bagged 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 India, and improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao) here on Tuesday.

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

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Devendra competed in the event alongside 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.

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

The Rajasthan born athlete, with an amputated left hand, was awarded the Arjuna award in 2004 and the Padma Shri in 2012, becoming the first Paralympian to receive the honour.

First published: 14 September 2016, 8:14 IST
 
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