Rio Paralympics: India's Devendra Jhajharia breaks world record, wins gold

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Rio de Janeiro, Sep 14: 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. (Reactions from Twitter)

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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.

India's Devendra Jhajharia poses for the pictures next to the scoreboard that shows his world record in the men's javelin throw F46 athletics event at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

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).

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.

PTI

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