“I would not be able to sleep today as it is the time to celebrate with National Tricolour” – Devendra after winning a record second gold medal in the Paralympics
Devendra Jhajharia is an Indian Paralympic javelin thrower competing in F46 events. He has again made our country proud when he became the only Para athlete from India to win a record second gold medal in the Paralympics. Devendra who lost his left arm due to an unfortunate incident at the age of 8, has also set a new world record with a throw of 63.7 meters at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro by breaking his own previous record.
Devendra Jhajharia was born on 10 June 1981 and hails from Churu District in Rajasthan, India. He went through an unfortunate incident at a very early age of eight. He accidentally came in contact with an electric cable of 11,000 volts when trying to climb up the tree to break a branch. There was a lot of smoke coming out there so many villagers reached that sight. They declared him dead but slowly he regained a little consciousness. His left arm was completely burnt and when he received medical attention then doctors have no option than amputating his left hand to keep him alive. Doctors even told that he would not be able to regain his strength throughout his life.
Devendra despite losing his left arm became very active in sports. He was competing at his school sports day in 1997 when Dronacharya Awardee coach R. D. Singh spotted his talent and dedication. He has been coached by Singh from that point of time. Devendra himself credited his success to his coach. Devendra became a district champion by outshining regular athletes at the age of 14. His international career started by winning the gold medal in the 8th FESPIC Games in South Korea in 2002. After this win, his tremendous efforts have earned him a lot of recognition. Some notable ones that followed above are mentioned here.
“Determination has no disability” – Robert M. Hensel
Devendra is a fine example of how one should not let their physical disability define them. Devendra is among those who are proving to the world that hard work, determination, and persistence is what takes to achieve your goals. We believe this story will be appreciated by all and will help others to come out of any disability that hinders their path to success.
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