Devendra Jhajharia: 1 Indian Arm which gave India it’s 2 Golds at Olympic

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Devendra Jhajharia
Devendra Jhajharia: 1 Indian Arm which gave India it’s 2 Golds at Olympic

Sometimes when life takes a tragic turn, it also provides a road to bliss and accomplishment. A 9 year old boy from a small district of Rajasthan was enjoying his routine play of climbing a tree; when an electric shock turned his fate… but ultimately for good. A man with an arm of gold and an iron heart, Devendra Jhajharia is one such sportsperson who proved himself that nothing can beat your strong-will. At the age of 35, he is a record holder and record breaker with 2 individual Golds for Javelin throw at the Athens Paralympics in 2014 and again at Rio in 2016 where he created a new record. Only four Indian athletes have an honour of Gold Medal so far and Devendra is the only one to do it twice. The recent Khel Ratna award to him is the true recognition of his contribution and specially in Paralympics.

Quick Facts

Name Devendra Jhajharia
Father’s Name Ram Singh Jhajharia
Mother’s Name Jivani Devi
Spouse Name Manju Jhajharia
imd1 for Javelin throw
Birthday 10th June 1981
Achievements
  • Khel Ratna, 2017
  • Won Gold at Summer Paralympics Games in Rio, 2016 (WORLD RECORD after breaking his own record. First Indian to win 2 gold’s)
  • FICCI Para-Sportsperson of the Year, 2014
  • Padma Shri, 2012 (First Paralympian to be honored)
  • Won Gold at Summer Paralympics Games in Athens, 2004 (WORLD RECORD)
  • Arjuna Award, 2004
Place from Churu, Rajasthan
Quote for Life “Woh abhi jeeta nahin main abhi hara nahin toh main haar kaise maanu” (“NEITHER THE OPPONENT HAS WON NOR I LOST, SO WHY SHOULD I ACCEPT DEFEAT”, says Devendra to himself while going to each competition)

Team imd1 had a chat with him a few days ago, read on to know her further!

Beyond Javelin

Favorite Food Bajri ki roti, Chaas (Butter Milk)
Most Disliked Food Spicy Food
Had I not been an athlete then Teacher
Like Vacations at Goa (India), Cabana beach (Brazil)
Favorite Pass time Spending time with family especially my daughter who is 6.5 years old. I love to converse with her. I am also fond of watching animals.
Favorite Movies Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Favorite Actor / Actress Amitabh Bachchan & Priyanka Chopra