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Sardar Singh, Devendra Jhajharia to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Sardar Singh, former Indian hockey captain, and Devendra Jhajharia, Paralympics double gold medallist in javelin, has been named as the recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

other sports Updated: Aug 22, 2017 18:15 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
Sardar Singh,Devendra Jhajharia,Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Sardar Singh, as Indian hockey team captain, won gold at the 2014 Asian Games and the continental title at the 2007 Asian Cup.(Getty Images)

Sardar Singh, former India hockey team captain, and Devendra Jhajharia, Paralympics double gold medallist in javelin and world record holder, has been named as the recipients of this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

Jhajharia won gold in men’s javelin F46 event at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens with a then world record distance of 62.15 metres, eclipsing the previous mark of 59.77m.

It was the first gold medal for India at the Paralympics since Murlikant Petkar finished at the top of podium in men’s 50m freestyle swimming at Heidelberg, Germany in 1972.

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Jhajharia repeated the feat at the Rio Paralympics last year, winning the gold and rewriting his own eight-year world record with a throw of 63.97m.

Devendra Jhajharia after setting in the men's javelin throw at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (AP)

Sardar, who made his international debut against arch-rivals Pakistan in 2006, was named as captain of the Indian hockey squad after the debacle at the 2012 Olympics in London where the team finished last in the 12-nation field.

With Sardar as captain, India won gold at the 2014 Asian Games and the continental title at the 2007 Asian Cup. He also led the national team to the bronze medal at the Hockey World League in 2015.

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The 31-year-old from Sirsa district of Haryana was included in the 18-men FIH All-Star team in 2010 and 2011.

The recipients of this year’s Dronacharya Awards, which honours coaches with notable achievements in their respective fields, were also announced on Tuesday.

The Dronacharya awardees are R. Gandhi (athletics), Heera Nand Kataria (kabaddi), G.S.S.V. Prasad (badminton), Brij Bhushan Mohanty (boxing), P.A. Raphel (hockey), Sanjoy Chakraverthy (shooting) and Roshan Lal (wrestling).

First Published: Aug 22, 2017 18:12 IST