Rio Paralympics: Who is history-maker Devendra Jhajharia?

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New Delhi, Sep 14: Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia's name is on everyone's lips today after he bagged a gold medal for India in the ongoing Rio 2016 Paralympics in men's F46 event.

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Like every Paralympian, Jhajharia's journey is an inspiration to everyone. He became the first Indian athlete to bag second gold at the Paralympic Games.

Rio Paralympics: Who is history-maker Devendra Jhajharia?

Devendra, who won his previous gold in the 2004 Athens Games, bettered his own world record to finish on top. (Twitterati hail Devendra Jhajharia)

The 36-year-old's 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).

He was India's flag-bearer at Rio Paralympics opening ceremony. 

Here is a brief profile of Jhajharia:

Date of birth: August 28, 1980

# Won his previous gold in the 2004 Athens Games and became second Indian Paralympian from India to win a gold (first being Murlikant Petkar in 1972 for freestyle swimming).

# He hails from Rajasthan's Churu district.

# He had lost his left hand when he was electrocuted while climbing a tree as an eight-year-old.

# Jhajharia continued to follow his dream and went on to achieve the Arjuna award in 2004 and the Padma Shri in 2012, becoming the first Paralympian to receive the honour.

# In 1997, while competing at a school sports day, he was spotted by Dronacharya Awardee coach RD Singh and from that point was coached by Singh.

# He won the gold at the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon in 2013.

# He won a gold medal at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship in Dubai in 2016.

# He last participated in the Paralympics 12 years ago as the F46 event did not feature in the 2008 and the 2012 editions.

# He is currently ranked third in the world.

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