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Devendra Jhajharia Arjuna Award Awarded In 2004

Devendra Jhajharia

Devendra Jhajharia

Award Name : Arjuna Award

Year of Award : 2004

Award for : Sports and Games

Location : Chūru, Rajasthan, India


Devendra Jhajharia is the only Indian to have won the gold at an ‘‘Paraolympics’’. He is the one-armed javelin thrower from Rajasthan. He was born in the family of Ram Singh Jhajharia and Jiwani Devi in village Jhajharian Ki Dhani, Panchayat Ratanpura in Rajgarh Tahsil in Churu, Rajasthan on 10th June 1981. In 2002 Jhajharia won the gold medal in the 8th FESPIC Games in Korea. In 2004 Jhajharia qualified for his first Summer Paralaympic Games representing India at Athens. At the games he set a new world record with a distance of 62.15m eclipsing the old one of 59.77m. The throw gave him the gold medal and he became only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country. His success in Athens saw him honoured with 2004 Arjuna Award. He received India's prestigious Padma Shri Award in March 2012 from the President Of India becoming the first Paralympian to be honoured with the award. In 2014, he was honored with FICCI Para-Sportsperson of the year Award.


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