Devendra Jhajharia Applauded by PM Modi, Sporting Greats After Rio Gold

Updated: 14 September 2016 15:53 IST

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bollywood king Amitabh Bachchan, many Indian public figures showered Devendra Jhajharia with accolades on Twitter following his gold medal-winning feat in Rio

Devendra Jhajharia Applauded by PM Modi, Sporting Greats After Rio Gold
Devendra Jhajharia set a new world record to win the F46 javelin throw gold at the Rio Paralympics. © AP

Devendra Jhajharia created history on Tuesday by winning the gold medal in the F46 men's javelin throw competition at the ongoing Rio Paralympic Games.

Jhajharia's throw of 63.97 metres was better than his previous world record throw of 62.15 metres at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. In the process, he clinched his second gold medal at the Games, becoming the first Indian to do so.

Shortly after his win, accolades started to pour in from various quarters on social media. PM Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and union ministers Vijay Goel and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore all congratulated Jhajharia through Twitter.

















Sporting icons Sachin Tendulkar, Abhinav Bindra, Anil Kumble and many others also hailed Jhajharia's feat on the micro-blogging site, while B-town stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar also also sent in their wishes.





































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Topics : Olympics 2016 India Athletics Olympics Olympics
Highlights
  • Devendra Jhajharia has been hailed on Twitter after winning gold in Rio
  • Jhajharia won the gold in the F46 Javelin throw category
  • The para-athlete broke his previous world record to seal the gold
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