A Para-Athlete’s Journey to Olympic Gold

Devendra Jhajharia

Devendra Jhajharia is the Rio Paralympics gold medalist and world record holder in the Javelin Throw.

Imagine the terror of an 8-year old who wakes up on a hospital bed and finds out that he has lost an arm. That was where Devendra Jhajharia began. 15 years after that accident, at the Athens Paralympics in 2004, he soared above the tragedy and flung his javelin a world record distance. Today, at the age of 35, people doubted his ability to recreate the magic. His answer was a new world record at Rio 2016, bagging another Olympic gold. Deservedly, he has become the face of India’s para-athlete movement. Arguably, he is also the first differently-abled athlete to gather the spotlight of Indian sport. Here’s the story…