Paralympian champ Devendra Jhajharia gets a heart-warming welcome in Jaipur. The Rio Paralympics gold winner reached the Jaipur International Airport in Jaipur with his daughter on Saturday.
Jhajharia had promised her daughter to win a gold at Rio Paralympics if she tops her lower kindergarten exam. He not only won 2 golds but also broke his own javelin throw record of 62.15 m by making a new one of 63.97 m. On reaching Jaipur, Devendra was welcomed by his family and the members of Nymph Academy at Jaipur International Airport.
Coming to Rajasthan is like coming home to the Paralympian champ as he belongs to the Churu district in Rajasthan. He lost his left arm when he was just 8 years old. While talking to the students at Nymph Academy School, the Paralympian told that it felt like he had lost everything when he lost his arm but then his parents supported him.
He also shared that while most parents want their kids to grow up as doctors and engineers his mother always wanted him to be a sportsperson. With her support and belief, Jhajharia started working on his abilities and slowly picked up on the sport. He says that it would never have been possible without his mother.
Other than his mother, it was his wife Manju who stood in his support. She sacrificed her promising career in Kabaddi just to let Jhajharia follow the road to his dream.
He also credited his rare training stint at Kuortane, Finland for his success saying that it benefitted him immensely.
The 35-year-old Jhajharia thanked his family, coach Sunil Tanwar and all well-wishers for his success.
Jhajharia’s journey to fame began from bagging a gold medal in FEPSIC games in South Korea. He won a gold at the summer paralympic games in Athens setting a world record of 62.15 m. And has recently broken his own record by bagging his 2nd gold at Rio Paralymics at 63.97 m. Check out his other achievements too that are worth your appreciation.
While addressing the students at Nymph Academy School, he said, “Nothing in the world is difficult if you make an effort. I used a bamboo javelin to practice when I was young. If a village boy like me who had little facilities to his avail could make a world record, what’s stopping you?”.
He said, “The greatest moment in my life was seeing the Indian flag going up when my name was announced after winning the gold,”