Jhajharia’s earlier world record of 62.15 metres was set in the Athens Paralympics 12 years ago. He did not participate in the 2008 and 2012 Games because the F46 event was not part of them. His 2016 win has now taken India’s medal tally in the Rio Paralympics to four, with two golds, one silver and one bronze.
Jhajharia’s left hand had to be amputated after he was electrocuted while climbing a tree when he was just eight years old. He was given the Arjuna award in 2004 and was also the first Paralympian to receive the Padma Shri, in 2012. He also won the gold at the International Paralympic Committee’s Athletics World Championships in Lyon in 2013. The 35-year-old was one of India’s biggest medal prospects at the Rio Paralympics.