Accolades started to pour in for Devendra Jhajharia as from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to former cricketers such as Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif congratulated the athlete for his stupendous feat of winning the gold medal in men’s javelin throw F46 event at the ongoing Rio Paralympics.
“Congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia for the historic and well-deserved Gold at the #Paralympics. We are very proud of him. #Rio2016,” Modi wrote in a tweet.Sports Minister Vijay Goel also congratulated Devendra Jhajharia on his outstanding feat.
In a message Goel said bettering his own world record to win gold in the Games shows exemplary dedication and determination of Jhajharia and his win will inspire all especially the young generation of the country.
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.Jhajharia, 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).
This is the fourth medal for India in Rio Paralympics, which includes two gold, one silver and one bronze.