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Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia wins gold at Rio Paralympics 2016

PTI
Published Sep 14, 2016, 7:56 am IST
Updated Sep 14, 2016, 11:55 am IST
India now have two gold, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Games.
Devendra Jhajharia competes in the men's javelin throw F46 final of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo: AP)
 Devendra Jhajharia competes in the men's javelin throw F46 final of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo: AP)

Rio de Janeiro: Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record to clinch the top honours at the Rio Games here.

Devendra, who won his previous gold in the 2004 Athens Games, bettered his own world record to finish on top in the men's F46 event.

 

Devendra, whose previous best was 62.15 metres (achieved in the 2004 Games), improved the mark with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Jhajharia.

Modi tweet

Sports Minister Vijay Goel also congratulated Jhajharia on his outstanding feat.

(Photo: Twitter)(Photo: Twitter)

India now have two gold, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Games.

Thangavelu Mariyappan had earlier struck gold in the men's high jump, while Varun Bhati had secured a bronze in the same event.

 

Later, Deepa Malik won a silver in the women's shot put event to add to the tally.

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