India’s greatest Paralympian, javelin thrower Devendra Jajaria, once again rewrote his own world record as he tested his ticket to the Tokyo Paralympic Games during a national selection process here.
The 40-year-old, who won two gold medals in the F-46 men’s category at the Paralympic Games, sent the spear 65.71m during the test here on Wednesday.
With these efforts, he not only sealed a spot for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, but also improved his own world record of 63.97m set at the 2016 Rio Games.
“Today at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, I qualified for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, setting a new world record of 65.71, breaking my older record of 63.97 in a qualifying event.
“This was possible thanks to the support of my family and the efforts of my coach Sunil Tanwar and fitness coach Lakshiya Batra,” Jajaria wrote in a Hindi tweet.
The Tokyo Paralympic Games, scheduled for August 24th, will be the third Paralympic Games in Jajara. He won gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, setting a new world record of 62.15 meters.
He then repeated the feat 12 years later at the 2016 edition in Rio, improving his own record by throwing 63.97 meters and becoming the first Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals.