Paralympics sports gives a chance to the specially able people around the world to compete with each other and achieve a feat. India has won many medals in the Paralympics Games, but Devendra Jhajharia is the star of Javelin Throw in Paralympics Games.
Devendra Jhajharia was born on 10th June 1981 in Churu District, Rajasthan. When he was eight years old, he happened to touch a live electric wire which forced the doctors to amputate his left arm. In 1997 during the sports day, he was stopped by Dronacharya Awardee coach R.D. Singh who identified his talent and started giving him training.
In 2002 he marked the International presence by winning a Gold Medal in South Korea at the FESPIC Games. He appeared in the Paralympics Games for the first time in 2004 at Athens. There he made a World Record in Javelin Throw and became the second person to win Gold Medal for India. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award.
He didn’t let any obstacle stop him from achieving his dreams. In 2012 he was honoured with Padma Shri and Devendra became the first Paralympian to be honoured with this award. With his never give up attitude, he won Gold Medal in 2013 IPC World Championships at Lyon. In the 2014 Asian Para Championship at Incheon, he won Silver Medal for India. In the same year, he was also awarded FICCI Para Sportsperson of the year.
P.M Narendra Modi with Rio Paralympics Medalists
He again won Silver Medal at the IPC World Championship at Doha in 2015. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, he achieved the World Record by breaking his previous record of the Athens Olympic and become the only Para Athlete to win a second Gold Medal at the Paralympics Games.
In 2017 he was awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. A sportsperson like him never let any obstacles come in front of his dreams, not even disability. We as citizens, need to give support, recognition, and love to the Paralympians who makes our country proud at the international level.
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