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Rio Paralympics: India's Devendra Jhajharia makes history, clinches two golds

Devendra, whose previous best was 62.15 metres (achieved in the 2004 Games), improved the mark with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao). Photograph: (Twitter)

PTI Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Sep 14, 2016, 02.43 AM (IST)
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia scripted history on Tuesday as he became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Rio Paralympics after he broke his own world record. 

The 36-year-old, who won the top honour in the men's F46 category,  won his previous gold at the 2004 Athens Games. He bettered his own world record to finish on top with a throw of 63.97 at the Olympic Stadium.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter today to congratulate Devendra.  

"Congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia for the historic and well-deserved Gold at the Paralympics. We are very proud of him,"  he said. 

While Guo Chunliang of China (59.93 metres) won silver, Sri Lanka's Dinesh Herath (58.23 metres) bagged bronze, respectively, at the event.  

On the other hand, 17 year-old Rinku could only finish fifth in the same event despite securing a personal best throw of 54.39m.

With this remarkable feat, Devendra has become the only Indian to win two golds in an individual event at the Olympics or Paralympics.

Devendra had his arm severed after he accidentally touched a 11,000 volt live cable at the age of eight.

India's medal tally at the Paralympics event has now increased to four.  

Earlier, Mariyappan Thangavelu had won gold in the men's high jump, while Varun Bhati had secured a bronze in the same event.

Shot putter Deepa Malik also created history, becoming the first Indian female paralympian to win a medal 

(WION with inputs from agencies) 
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