The para-athlete, Devendra Jhanjharia is still going strong at 40. Hailing from the Churu district of Rajasthan, the Paralympian is wiser now. He plans to add another gold to his collection after his win at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.
He was the first para-athlete from India to win a gold at the prestigious event but needless to say, he paved a way for many other athletes who felt demotivated for being disabled.
Apart from winning gold at the Paralympics, he has made it to the podium in several other Games.
At the 2004 Athens Paralympics, Devendra was young and had adrenaline rushing through his veins, now that he is older the para-athlete has focused on following a strict training schedule.
The medallist doesn’t think that it would be an easy finish at the Tokyo Paralympics. The competition will be just as tough as it was at the Athens Olympics and the Rio Olympics.
The javelin thrower aims to break his record by making a throw of 67-69 metres.
“Having broken my world record of 63.97metres in the Rio Games with a spear throw of 65.71m in July during national trials in Delhi, I strongly feel I can live up to the expectations of everyone. In Tokyo, my Target is to hurl my sphere as far as 67-69metres.”
Devendra also mentioned how he has grown concerned about his weight. He has been able to reduce 7kge before participating in the Games.
“But over the years there has been a change in my approach which comes from experience and success that I have got over the years. No doubt, I have become calm and my training is more streamlined now. Earlier I never thought about managing my weight, but now I have reduced 7kgs and that has helped me increase my speed.”
Devendra has been training hard at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Gandhinagar. His entire team from his coaches to his physiotherapist is working hard to ensure that Devendra can appear in his prime form at the marquee event.
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