Hometown: Churu, Rajasthan
Age: 40 Years
Some Lesser Known Facts About Devendra Jhajharia
- He grew up in Churu, Rajasthan.
- When he was 9 years old, he met an accident while climbing a tree and touched a live wire of 11000 volts. The accident was so severe that his left hand was amputated.
- He started practicing Javelin Throw with a hand-made wooden-Javelin in his fields.
- In 2004, the Government of India awarded him the Arjuna Award.
- In 2004, he won a gold medal at the Athens Paralympics and also set a world record.
- In 2012, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
- After winning a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, he became the first Indian Paralympian to win 2 gold medals at Paralympics.
- In July 2021, he qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics with a new world record of 65.71 metres during their selection trials in New Delhi. In an interview, while talking about his preparations for Tokyo Paralympics, he said,
I am training hard and following a well-thought-out programme set by my personal coach Sunil Tanwar. I am confident that just like in Athens and Rio, I will win a gold medal in Tokyo too.”
— Devendra Jhajharia (@DevJhajharia) August 10, 2021