Devendra Jhajharia: an epitome of courage despite disablity

Does disability restrict you? Here is the story which will sweep you away from all excuses. Devendra Jhajharia is a Class IV staff in the Indian Railways. His family condition was not stable enough to support his passion for athletics. Moreover he had lost his arm in an accident. This person did not lose hope, but carried on in his mission to go ahead with his dream of being an athlete.

In Lyon France in the year 2013, he brought back a gold medal in the IPC Athletics World Championship. He won the F-47 category of javelin throw making a record of throwing at a distance of 57.04 metres. He is the second Indian with disability who fetched a medal for the country. He initiated by throwing at a distance of approximately 57 metres which is better than anyone else could manage. His contribution to the sphere of Indian athletics did not begin here. Jhajharia has been bringing glory with his talent at international platforms from FESPIC Games held in South Korea in the year 2002. He too won a gold medal throwing javelin at a distance of 55 metres.

Devendra Jhajharia Award President
Devendra receiving Padma award from President


His please to the various people and even the government went in vain in the initial stages. But with the victories came name and fame. He was trained by Dronacharya Awardee R.D Singh. The yellow metal he received in international grounds earned him the most prestigious Padma Shri from President Pratibha Patil in the year 2012. He has also won the Paralympics in Athens in the year 2004.

Devendra Jhajharia in action
Devendra in action

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As time passes, it is seen that any form of disability cannot simply hinder the progress of a human being. Jhanjharia with his effort and sheer perseverance has not only made India proud but also has become the epitome of courage to be worshipped!





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