Devendra Jhajharia. File image
Devendra Jhajharia. File image

Tokyo Paralympics: Devendra Jhajharia wins silver, Sundar Singh Gurjar wins bronze in men's javelin throw event

  • Tokyo Paralympics: India's total medal tally at the Games are now up to seven.
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2021 10:14 AM IST

India's Devendra Jhajharia won the silver medal in the men's javelin throw - F46 final event on Monday at the Tokyo Paralympics with his best throw of 64.35, while Sundar Singh Gurjar won the bronze medal in the same event with his best throw of 64.01. The duo took India's total medal tally at the Paralympics 2020 Games to seven.

Jhajharia started the event with two average throws of just over 60m mark, but then his third throw went 64.35m, reigniting hopes of a medal. The fourth and fifth throw from the Indian para-athlete were registered as fouls and the final one was registered at 61.23m.

Sundar, too, started slow but registered a throw above the 64m mark in his fifth attempt to get into the medal contention.

The third Indian javelin thrower in the final Ajeet Singh finished in the 8th position in the final.

The F46 classification is for athletes with arm deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in arms, with athletes competing in a standing position.

The 40-year-old Jhajahria, already India's greatest Paralympian after winning gold medals in the 2004 and 2016 Games, pulled off a new personal best throw of 64.35m for the silver.

(With PTI inputs)

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