Devendra Jhajharia

Devendra Jhajharia

Devendra Jhajharia was born in 1980 and hails from the Churu District in Rajasthan. At the age of eight, climbing a tree he touched a live electric cable. He received medical attention but the doctors were forced to amputate his left hand.

In 1997 he was spotted by Dronacharya Awardee coach R. D. Singh while competing at a school sports day, and from that point was coached by Singh. He gave credit to his personal coach R. D.

At an early age of 8, Devendra had to get his left arm amputated as he accidentally touched a live electric cable and was electrocuted. GoSports proudly supports Devendra since 2016 not for his disability but for his legendary athletic prowess.

In 2002 Jhajharia won the gold medal in the 8th FESPIC Games in South Korea. In 2004 Jhajharia qualified for his first Summer Paralaympic Games representing India at Athens. At the games he set a new world record with a distance of 62.15m eclipsing the old one of 59.77m. The throw gave him the gold medal and he became only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country (India’s first gold medal came from Murlikant Petkar).