Tokyo Paralympics 2020: India clinches two more medals, Devendra Jhajharia wins silver and, Sundar Singh Gurjar wins bronze

Devendra Jhajharia won the silver medal for India at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 with the personal best score of 64.35m in the F46 final event. Sundar Singh Gurjar won the bronze medal with the 64.01m throw in the same event.

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Image source: Sundar Singh Gurjar Twitter/ Devendra Jhajharia Instagram

The veteran para javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia won the silver medal for India at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 with the personal best score of 64.35m in the F46 final event. Sundar Singh Gurjar won the bronze medal with the 64.01m throw in the same event. Sri Lanka's Dinesh Priyan Herath Mudiyanselage won the gold medal with a massive throw of 67.79m breaking the world record. Sundar Singh made fouls in his 3rd and 4th attempts. In his fifth throw, he made his season-best throw to end up in the medal-winning position.

By praising Jhajharia and Gurjar's performance, Neeraj Chopra wrote on Twitter, "Devendra bhai sahab: you are such an inspiration to all of us ! Congratulations on your 3rd #Paralympics medal! Many congratulations to Sundar bhai also for winning a bronze @DevJhajharia @SundarSGurjar".

Devendra Jhajharia and Sundar Singh Gurjar participated in the F46 category. Participants in this category should meet the criteria of arm deficiency, impaired range of movements in arms, or impaired muscle power. The athletes in the F46 category can compete in standing positions.

Devendra Jhajharia is already a successful para player in India. He has previously won two gold medals in 2004, Athens and 2016, Rio Paralympics. Reportedly, Jhajharia said that Neeraj Chopra's gold medal victory at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 has brought the sport of javelin into the limelight. He further added that javelin throw would be a second big sport in the country after cricket.