Rio Paralympics: Devendra Jhajharia wins gold, breaks world record; PM Modi congratulates him

India now have two golds, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Rio Paralympic Games.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 14, 2016 4:59 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Devendra Jhajharia for becoming the first Indian to get two gold medals at the 2016 Paralympics games in Rio when he broke his own world record in Javelin.

“Congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia for the historic and well-deserved Gold at the Paralympics. We are very proud of him,” Modi tweeted this morning.

Devendra achieved his previous best, 62.15 meters, in the 2004 Athens games where he made his first world record to finish on top in the men’s F46 event. Improving his mark with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium, Jhajharia achieved a new world record this time.

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India now have two gold, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Games.

Thangavelu Mariyappan had earlier struck gold in the men’s high jump, while Varun Bhati had secured a bronze in the same event.

Later, Deepa Malik won a silver in the women’s shot put event to add to the tally.