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Milkha inspires Para-athlete Jhajharia

Para-athelete Devendra Jhajharia,who became the first Indian towin a gold medal at Para World Athletics Championship,said that legendary Milkha Singh's inspiring words worked wonders during his endeavour to achieve success.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: July 24, 2013 4:50 am

Para-athelete Devendra Jhajharia,who becamethe first Indian towin a gold medal at Para World Athletics Championship ,said that legendary Milkha Singh’s inspiring words worked wondersduring his endeavour toachieve success at the highestlevel. “I idolize MilkhaSingh as he was one of the first person who told me to get deeply involved with athletics. He once told me that I should be able shut myself out from the rest of the world when I am competing inside the stadium. I should only concentrate on my target,” javelin thrower Jhajharia told PTI-Bhasa over phone from Lyon. “Also I am indebted to him as he found me deserving enough to get the prestigious Arjuna Award when he was the chairman of the Awards Committee.” Churu district in Rajasthan now has World Paralympic record in his name.

The 32 year old Indian Railways employee chose to train alone in France to avoid any distraction.

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