(Last Updated on : 05/03/2012)
Devendra Jhajharia is the first ever gold medalist at the Paralympics from India. Jhajharia is a one armed javelin thrower from Churu District
. In his childhood, he had lost his left hand in an accident. At a very young age, Devendra met a mishap while climbing the tree. In the tree he did not notice an electric wire and touched it and the Doctors had to amputate his left arm as it was badly burnt.
Career of Devendra Jhajharia
Davendra Jhajharia has won gold medal at Athens on 21 September 2004 in the javelin throw. A new record was set up by him with 62.15m overshadowing the old one of 59.77m. At the 8th FESPIC Games held in Korea in the year 2002, he also won the gold medal. Presently Devendra is serving as a Class IV employee with the Indian Railways. Currently he is preparing for the Beijing Paralympics. He is trained by Dronacharya
Awardee coach Mr. R.D. Singh.
Acknowledging his outstanding achievements, the Government of India
conferred him the highest and most prestigious award in sports, the Arjuna Awards
. The Governor of Rajasthan honoured Devendra Jhajharia on 10TH June in the year 2005 with the award of Maharana Pratap Puraskar. Maharana Pratap Puraskar is considered as the highest award for games in Rajasthan.
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