Devendra Jhajharia

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Devendra Jhajharia
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1980-08-29) 29 August 1980 (age 35)
Country  India
Sport Athletics
Event(s) F46 Javelin
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals 2004

Devendra Jhajharia (born 10 June 1981) is an Indian Paralympic javelin thrower competing in F46 events. He won a gold medal in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, becoming only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country.

Early Life and Background[edit]

Devendra Jhajharia was born in 1981 and hails from the Churu District in Rajasthan. At the age of eight, while climbing a tree he touched a live electric cable. He received medical attention but the doctors were forced to amputate his left hand.[1][2] In 1997 he was spotted by Dronacharya Awardee coach R.D. Singh while competing at a school sports day, and from that point was coached by Singh.


In 2002 Jhajharia won the gold medal in the 8th FESPIC Games in Korea. In 2004 Jhajharia qualified for his first Summer Paralaympic Games representing India at Athens. At the games he set a new world record with a distance of 62.15m eclipsing the old one of 59.77m. The throw gave him the gold medal and he became only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country (India's first gold medal came from Murlikant Petkar).[3] His success in Athens saw him honoured with 2004 Arjuna Award. He received India's prestigious Padma Shri Award in March 2012 from the President Of India becoming the first Paralympian to be honoured with the award.[4] In 2014, he was honored with FICCI Para-Sportsperson of the year Award.[5]

Further athletic success came in 2013 at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France when he took the gold medal in the F46 javelin throw. He followed this with a silver medal at the 2014 Asian Para Games at Incheon in South Korea. At the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, despite throwing a personal best of 59.06, Jhajharia could only finish in second place, claiming silver behind China's Guo Chunliang, who threw a championship record distance. In 2016, he won a gold medal at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship in Dubai. In the run up to the Rio Games he is being supported by the GoSports Foundation[6] through the Para Champions Programme.


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  2. ^ Sharma, Sandipan (9 March 2005). "At awards night, Govt ignores Paralympic gold winner". Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Shrikant, B (22 August 2012). "Forgotten hero: India’s first Paralympic gold medallist". Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "FICCI announces the Winners of India Sports Awards for 2014". IANS. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "GoSports Foundation".