India’s performance this year at the Rio Paralympics has been exceptional with four medals won. One of the star performers was Devendra Jhajharia who with his excellent play won India a Gold medal in men’s javelin throw F46 event in the Rio Paralympics. He was also one of the star performers in the Indian contingent to the Athens fParalympics (2004) where he had also won a gold medal for the country. Jhajharia broke his own world record of 62.15 meters from his previous performance in Athens Paralympics and made new world record this year at the Rio Paralympics with 63.97 meters. India’s impressive medal tally of four medals in the Rio Games included medals from Mariyappan Thangavelu (Gold in high jump), Varun Bhati (Bronze in high jump), Deepa Malik (Silver in shot put) and Devendra Jhajharia (Gold in javelin throw).
After this extraordinary show at the Rio Paralympic Games by the para-athletes many came forward to felicitate them for their feat including the likes of the great batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin showered praise on these para-athletes and described them as “extraordinarily abled” champions. In a felicitation ceremony for these para-athletes in which Sachin was present, the legendary batsman said that the entire country was proud of them for their stellar performances in this year’s Rio games and also appreciated the efforts of those who had participated in the Paralympics. Sachin went bit further and said that although they are called differently abled by the rest of the world he would consider them as extraordinarily abled for they have shown the rest of the world how they achieved such success in the Paralympics despite their limited physical abilities.
Jhajharia, reacting to Sachin’s comments, said that the master blaster has been his role model and has always inspired him. This two time Paralympics gold medallist inspired himself by thinking that if Sachin could play so brilliantly for 24 long years then why could he and his fellow para-athletes not achieve what they wanted to in sports. By these word and thoughts this para-athlete accepted Sachin as a driving force and inspiration to all the people in his fraternity.
Jhajharia who met Sachin for the for the first time in life at the felicitation ceremony in an interview to India Today said that meeting him was indeed a special moment for him. According to this ace para-athlete the master blaster is a very simple and humble person. Jhajharia was elated when Sachin appreciated his achievements.
This year in the Rio Paralympic Games India’s Deepa Malik became the first Indian woman to win a medal in the history of Paralympic Games. Malik won a silver medal in the Women’s Shot Put F53 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games.