India’s Para athlete who made the nation proud: Devendra Jhajharia

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the medal winners of the Rio Paralympics-2016, in New Delhi on September 22, 2016.

Devendra Jhajharia is an Indian Paralympic javelin thrower. He is the first Indian Paralympian to win two gold medals at the Paralympics. He won his first gold in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens. At the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won a second gold medal. Before him, no Indian has managed to win two gold medals at Paralympics. He was born in 1980, Rajasthan. When he was 8 years old, while climbing a tree, he touched an electric cable. His left arm had to be amputated. In 1997 he met R.D. Singh during a sporting event, who is now his coach. He is a former Indian Railways employee and is now employed with Sports Authority of India. He was awarded with Arjuna award in 2004, Padma Shri in 2012, FICCI Para-Sportsperson of the year in 2014, and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2017. 


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