New Delhi [India], August 30 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar for winning a bronze medal in Tokyo Paralympics.
“India is overjoyed by the Bronze medal won by Sundar Singh Gurjar. He has shown remarkable courage and dedication. Congratulations to him. Wishing him the very best,” tweeted Prime Minister. Sundar captured bronze in Tokyo Paralympics with a season-best throw of 62.58.
Sundar Singh was shown a red flag in his 3rd and 4th attempts, after which he landed a 64.01 for his season-best in the 5th throw to land himself in a medal position.
Abhinav Bindra, Anurag Thakur hail Devendra and Sundar
Tokyo [Japan], August 30 : Olympics Gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur praised Indian javelin throwers Devendra Jhajharia and Sundar Singh Gurjar for winning silver and bronze respectively in F46 men’s javelin on Monday.
Devendra Jhajharia grabbed Silver with a personal best throw of 64.35 in the final. With this second-place finish, Devendra captured his third medal at Paralympic Games, adding to his Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 gold. Meanwhile, Sundar captured bronze with a season-best throw of 62.58. “Unbelievable by @DevJhajharia to win his third Paralympic medal, a haul which includes 2 Golds! What a legend! Congratulations also to @SundarSGurjar for winning bronze and inspiring the nation ! #Praise4Para #Tokyo2020,” tweeted Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra.
“3rd #Paralympics medal for our star Devendra! Devendra won Silver in Javelin Throw F46 Final with a Personal Best throw of 64.35m. A huge accomplishment for him as he etches his name in history once again! India is celebrating today! #Praise4Para #Cheer4India #ParaAthletics,” wrote Anurag Thakur.
“Weather Forecast for India MEDAL SHOWERS on #Janmashtami !!! 4th Medal of the day for India ! Sundar’s wins Bronze ! Superb Throw ! * Javelin Throw F46 final with a Season Best throw of 64.01m,” wrote Anurag Thakur.
In the event, Dinesh Priyan Herath Mudiyanselage of Sri Lanka bagged gold in a very comprehensive manner by shattering the World Record with his monstrous throw of 67.79m. Notably, Cuba’s Varona Gonzalez also clinched the continental record.
Sundar went first among the Indian trio in the final as he started with a season-best of 62.58. Devandra had 60.28 while Ajeet had 56.15 on the first attempt.
Devendra did 60.62 in his second attempt before he went past his previous world record once again in the third attempt with a throw of 64.35. But the Sri Lankan athlete Dinesh Priyan Herath Mudiyanselage had completely other plans as he broke the World Record with a sensational 67.79 in his third attempt, improving the previous record by almost four meters. (ANI)
Tokyo Paralympics: Devendra Jhajharia thanks PM Modi for ‘encouragement and support’
Tokyo [Japan], August 30 : Indian javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support and encouragement after winning a silver medal in Tokyo Paralympics on Monday.
Javelin throwers Devendra Jhajharia and Sundar Singh Gurjar won silver and bronze respectively in the men’s Standing Javelin (F46). Devendra Jhajharia grabbed silver with a personal best throw of 64.35. This was also his third medal at Paralympic Games.
PM Modi had interacted with the Indian para-athlete contingent for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games ahead of their departure. Jhajharia said the virtual interaction with PM Modi boosted the athletes’ morale.
“I am extremely happy on winning a third medal in Paralympic Games for India. I want to thank my family, my parents who supported me and sent me to the ground despite me being differently-abled,” an emotional Jhajharia told ANI.
“I also want to coach thank my coach who trained me continually for five years and my fitness coach too. I also want to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he supported us, encouraged us and boosted our morale prior to departing for the Games,” he added.
“I also want to thank SAI and I will go and meet my daughter. Registering a hat-trick for India gives me immense pride,” Jhajharia concluded.
Meanwhile, Sundar captured bronze with a season-best throw of 62.58. Sundar went first among the Indian trio in the final as he started with a season-best of 62.58.
Devendra had 60.62 in his second attempt before he went past his previous world record once again in the third attempt with a throw of 64.35.
But the Sri Lankan athlete Dinesh Priyan Herath Mudiyanselage had completely other plans as he broke the World Record with a sensational 67.79 in his third attempt, improving the previous record by almost four meters.