Devendra Jhajharia (born 10 June 1981) is an Indian Paralympic javelin thrower competing in F46 events. The first Indian Paralympian to win two gold medals at the Paralympics, he won his first gold in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, becoming only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country.
At the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won a second gold medal in the same event, bettering his previous record.
Devendra is currently being supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme.
Awards: Padma Shri, Arjuna Award for Athletics
lost his left arm when he was nine in an electric shock.
With support from his parents, he was able to recover from the amputation of his left arm. He believes that “to be a champion, you had to be a sportsman” and that’s what made him go after javelin.
From a district-level champion, he steadily moved up the ladder to state and in 2002 he went on to win his first gold when participated in the Para-Asian Games.
He was 23 when he won the gold at the 2004 Athens Games. His performance has been quite consistent in the decade after his big win. He won a silver at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.