Devendra Jhajharia won silver with a throw of 64.35, while Sundar Singh Gurjar bagged bronze with an effort of 64.01 in the Men’s Javelin Throw F46 Final.
August 30, 2021 / 09:40 AM IST
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Athletics – Men’s Javelin – F46 Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 30, 2021. Sundar Singh Gurjar of India in action REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha – RC2FFP969PAS
India won silver as well as the bronze medals in javelin throw class F46 at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 on August 30. Devendra Jhajharia won silver with a throw of 64.35, while Sundar Singh Gurjar bagged the bronze with an effort of 64.01 in the Men’s Javelin Throw F46 Final.
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The F46 classification is for athletes with arm deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in arms, with athletes competing in a standing position.
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— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 30, 2021
The 40-year-old Jhajahria, already India’s greatest Paralympian after winning gold medals in the 2004 and 2016 Games, pulled off a new personal best throw of 64.35m for the silver.
Jhajahria, who lost his left hand after accidentally touching an electric wire while climbing a tree at the age of eight, bettered his own earlier world record (63.97m) but gold winner Sri Lankan Dinesh Priyan Herath Mudiyanselage (67.79m), who set a new world record, was too good for the entire field.
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The 25-year-old Gurjar, who lost his left hand in 2015 after a metal sheet fell on him at his friend’s house, was third with a best effort of 64.01m.
The Jaipur-based Gurjar had won gold in the 2017 and 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. He had also won a silver in the 2018 Jakarta Para Asian Games.
India had won four medals in the 2016 editions while the medal count stands at seven in the ongoing event.
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Meanwhile, shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history on August 30 as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event.
She is only the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold after swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016) and high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu (2016).