The Iconic Moment When Para Athlete Devendra Jhajharia Nailed The Gold Medal

Posted on September 14, 2016 in Sports, Staff Picks, Video

By Saswati Chatterjee:

“He’s the world record holder….oh, he’s the world record breaker!”

Devendra Jhajharia made it in the history books on 13th September when he became the first Indian to win two individual gold medals at the Paralympics/Olympics. He sent the javelin crashing into the ground, well over 62 m to land at 63.97m, thus beating the world record by a long shot. Incidentally, this world record in question is his own, created at the 2004 Summer Paralympics at Athens.

His historic achievement is instrumental in not only bringing the Paralympics as a whole in the limelight (neglected as it is by parts of mainstream media) but the state of Indian sports as a whole. Jhajharia got where he was with very little support, despite all his achievements in Athens and beyond. Nevertheless, he still continues to make  India proud today. You go, Devendra!

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