Rio de Janeiro: Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record to clinch the top honours at the Rio Games here.
Devendra, who won his previous gold in the 2004 Athens Games, bettered his own world record to finish on top in the men’s F46 event.
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).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Jhajharia.
Congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia for the historic and well-deserved Gold at the #Paralympics. We are very proud of him. #Rio2016
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 14, 2016
Golden moment for #India! Congrats to #DevendraJhajharia for Gold in #Paralympics Javelin throw & a new world record pic.twitter.com/FFK9WfSLQJ
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) September 14, 2016
India now have two gold, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Games.
Thangavelu Mariyappan had earlier struck gold in the men’s high jump, while Varun Bhati had secured a bronze in the same event.
Later, Deepa Malik won a silver in the women’s shot put event to add to the tally.