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JHAJHARIA Devendra
Sport Para athletics
NPC India   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthChuru, IND
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F46
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Manju
Residence
Jaipur, IND
Occupation
Athlete, Railway Worker
Languages
English, Hindi
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 1995. He got involved in the sport seriously in 1997 after coach Ripudaman Singh Aulakh saw him competing at a school competition.
Why this sport?
"When I looked around, I saw a lot of people who didnít have arms or legs and I realised that I am lucky enough to have my right hand. I was interested in sports and that was enough motivation for me."
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
India
Location
Busan, KOR
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Indian sprinter Milkha Singh. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He suffered a shoulder injury while training in Finland one month ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was still able to compete at the Games and won gold in the F46 javelin throw. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 15 Sep 2016)

He pulled out of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing after he injured his shoulder during training. (deccanherald.com, 24 Nov 2009)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he received the Khel Ratna Award in India. (ndtv.com, 17 Sep 2018)

He was flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

He was named the 2014 Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry [FICCI] Para Sportsperson of the Year. (thesalute.in, 05 Jan 2015)

In 2012 he received the Padma Shri. The honour is the fourth highest civilian award in India. (thesalute.in, 05 Jan 2015)

In 2005 he was given the Arjuna Award by the Indian government. The same year the government in Rajasthan presented him with the Maharana Pratap Puraskar Award. (indianetzone.com, 05 Mar 2012)
Other sports
"Sport is my life." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Impairment
At age eight he lost his left hand after touching an electric wire while climbing a tree. Doctors were unable to save the limb and it was amputated. (indianetzone.com, 05 Mar 2012; deccanherald.com, 24 Nov 2009)
Other information
HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENTS
He became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in athletics at the Paralympic Games when he claimed victory in the F46 javelin throw at the 2004 Games in Athens. Twelve years later in Rio de Janeiro, he became the first Indian athlete to win two gold medals at the Paralympic Games when he triumphed again in the F46 javelin. He also won India's first gold medal in any event at a Para athletics world championships by claiming victory in the F46 javelin throw at the 2013 edition of the tournament in Lyon, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Nov 2018; paralympic.org, 17 Sep 2018; ndtv.com, 15 Jul 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Javelin Throw F46 63.97
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 Javelin Throw F46 57.04
2 2015 Javelin Throw F46 59.06
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Javelin Throw F46 58.45
7 2014 Discus Throw F46 30.31
4 2018 Javelin Throw F46 59.17