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Devendra Jhajharia Claims Silver, Sundar Gurjar Bags Bronze In Javelin Throw At Tokyo Paralympics

Devendra Jhajharia and Sundar Singh Gurjar win silver and bronze respectively in the men's javelin throw F46 event at Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020

Devendra Jhajharia Claims Silver, Sundar Gurjar Bags Bronze In Javelin Throw At Tokyo Paralympics
Medal winners, from left to right: Sundar Singh Gurjar, Dinesh Priyantha Herath Mudiyanselage and Devendra Jhajharia. -

A blockbuster Monday witnessed India winning four medals at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, with the latest -- a silver and bronze -- coming from javelin throwers. (More Sports News)

Devendra Jhajharia, who was chasing an unprecedented third gold medal, settled for silver as India finished 2-3 in the men's javelin throw F46 class.

Jhajharia managed a best throw of 64.35m in his third attempt. It was also his personal best. Dundar Gurjar claimed the bronze with a best throw of 64.01 in his fourth attempt.

Third Indian in the nine-man field, Ajeet Singh finished eighth with a best throw of 56.15.

Sri Lanka's Dinesh Priyantha Herath Mudiyanselage won the gold with a world record throw of 67.79 in his third attempt.

The F46 classification is for athletes with arm deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in arms, with athletes competing in a standing position.

Jhajahria is already India's greatest Paralympian after winning gold medals in the 2004 and 2016 Games. The 40-year-old lost his left hand after accidentally touching an electric wire while climbing a tree at the age of eight.

Gurjar, 25, lost his left hand in 2015 after a metal sheet fell on him at his friend's house. The Jaipur-based Gurjar had won gold in the 2017 and 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. He had also won a silver in the 2018 Jakarta Para Asian Games.

Earlier, discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya clinched a silver medal in the men's F56 event.

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