India's performance in the ongoing Rio Paralympics has been commendable as the nation has managed to bag another medal in the competition. Devendra Jhajharia helped India win its second gold in the men's javelin throw F46 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Tuesday.
The flag-bearer for India in Rio Paralympics came up with an amazing throw of 63.97 metres to secure the first position. This attempt also helped the Rajasthan native to break his own world record, making the victory even sweeter. The last record stood at 62.15 metres.
Besides Devendra, there were two other Indians, who participated in the event, but they could not help the country win another medal. Rinku Hooda came close as he finished in fifth position, while Sundar Singh Gujar did not start the event.
With this gold medal effort, Devendra has become the first Indian to win two gold medals in the Paralympics. The para-athlete had won gold, 12 years ago, during the 2004 Athens Games.
His performance over the years for India has not gone unnoticed as Devendra received the prestigious Arjuna award in 2005. The para-athlete was also honoured with Padma Shri in 2012, thus becoming the first paralympian to received the award.
An unfortunate incident affected Devendra at an early age. While climbing a tree he is said to have touched a electric cable and was electrocuted, after which his left hand had to be amputated.
After Devendra's gold, India's total tally includes four medals, including two golds, one silver and bronze. With few days left for the competition to end, India can hope for some more medals in the Rio Paralympics.