Following the heroics of javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia at the Rio Paralympics, the Rajasthan government announced a cash prize of Rs 75 lakhs for the gold medalist. The Rajasthan government also said that Jhajharia would be allotted a 200 sq metre plot in the capital city of Jaipur and 25 ‘Bigha’ land in Ganganagar. Devendra Jhajharia on Wednesday won his second gold medal at the Rio Paralympics F46 event. KJhajharia was also the flagbearer for India at the Rio Paralympics.
His gold medal at the Rio Paralympics 2016 is only India’s fourth gold in Paralympics history. The 36-year athlete with an amputated hand broke his own record of 62.15 metres, that he created in 2004 by a throw of 63.97 metres in 2016. He is the first Paralympian to receive the Padma Shri. In 2014, he was named as the para-sportsperson of the year by FICCI. He is the 2nd Indian to win gold at the Rio Olympics after Mariyappan Thangavelu in the men’s high jump-T42 finals. India now has two gold, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Games.
Jharjharia is a resident of Rajasthan where he lives with his wife and daughter and is an employee of the Indian Railways. He is also a member of the Paralympics committee of Rajasthan. Jhajharia had lost his left hand at the age of 8 to electrocution. However, he stayed determined and trained hard to participate in para-athletics in 1995. In 1997, his coach Coach Ripudaman Singh saw his potential and encouraged him to take up the sport seriously.