Devendra Jhajharia has created a record winning javelin throw performance booking his place at the 2021 Paralympics. The 40-year-old Rajasthan para-athlete hurled the javelin to a distance of 65.71 metres during the trials which was better than his own record of 63.97m.
The Tokyo edition of Paralympics, which begins on August 24, will be Jhajharia’s 3rd Paralympics. The Rajasthan para-athlete first competed at the 2004 Athens Paralympics where he won gold. Jhajharia won his second gold at Rio.
Record Javelin Throw Performance by Devendra Jhajharia
Devendra Jhajharia, the 2016 Rio Paralympic champion in men’s F-46 javelin throw category, bettered his world record on way to winning berth for the Tokyo Paralympic Games during the two-day national selection trials that concluded here on Wednesday.
Mariyappan Thangavelu, the Rio Paralympic Games high jump champion in men’s F-42 , Varun Bhatti and Sharad Kumar are other 24 para-athletes shortlisted by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for the Tokyo Games.
In men’s F-64, Sandeep Chaudhary and Sumit Antil have made cut. Antil holds the world record of 66.70 metres while Chaudhary won gold at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships held in Doha. August 1 is the deadline to send final entries to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).