Devendra Jhajharia resets his world record for Tokyo Paralympic berth

India’s greatest Paralympian, javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, rewrote his world record once again as he qualifies for the Tokyo Paralympics during a national selection trial. Devendra has won two gold medals in the men’s F-46 category at the Paralympics and sent the spear to a distance of 65.71m during the trial on Wednesday.

The Indian Javelin Paralympic champion not only sealed a spot for the Tokyo Paralympics but renew his world record of 63.97m which was set at the Rio Olympics in 2016.


Jhajharia tweeted in Hindi, ” Today at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, I qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics by setting a new world record of 65.71 and breaking my older record of 63.97 in a qualifying round. This was possible because of my family’s support, and the efforts of my coach Sunil Tanwar and fitness trainer Lakshya Batra.”

The Tokyo Paralympics will begin on August 24 and will be Jhajharia’s third appearance in the Paralympics. Jhajharia had also won a gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games by setting a new record of 62.15m. After that, he repeated the feat 12 years later at the 2016 Rio Paralympics bettering his record with a throw of 63.97 metres and becoming the first Indian to achieve two gold medals at the Paralympics.