Devendra Jhajharia: Biography, Age, Height, Achievements, Family And Career Statistics

Get complete information on Devendra Jhajharia who is a popular para-athlete and has contributed exceptionally to the Indian pride.

Devendra Jhajharia is the only Indian to have won the gold at the ‘‘Paralympics’’. He is a one-armed javelin thrower from Rajasthan. He was born in the family of Ram Singh Jhajharia and Jiwani Devi in village Jhajharian Ki Dhani, Panchayat Ratanpura in Rajgarh Tahsil in Churu district Rajasthan on 10th June 1981. He is the recipient of the Arjuna Award 2004, Padma Shri 2012, and Khel Ratna 2017. He won Gold Medal in Paralympics 2016 in Rio. He won the silver medal in the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan, from 25 August to 6 September 2021.

Talking about his story, at the early age of 8, Devendra had to get his left arm amputated as he accidentally touched a live electric cable and was electrocuted. GoSports proudly supports Devendra since 2016 not for his disability but for his legendary athletic prowess. He is the first para-athlete to be conferred with the Padma Shri in 2012 as well as the first to receive the Khel Ratna in 2017. Having experienced success at the highest level, Devendra now plans to give back to the sport by mentoring future Paralympics for India while continuing to train for Tokyo 2020. We genuinely believe that the future of Paralympic sports in India is definitely in good hands with him as a mentor.

Biography of Devendra Jhajharia


Real Name: Devendra Jhajharia

Profession: Athlete

Famous for: is the first Indian Paralympics player to win two gold medals at the Paralympics

Best Performance until now: He won his first gold in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, becoming the second gold medallist at the Paralympics for his country

Physical Status:

  • Height: 183 cm
  • Weight: 80kg
  • Body Measurements: Chest- 44 Inches
  • Waist- 34 Inches
  • Biceps- 14 Inches
  • Eye Colour: Black
  • Hair Colour: Black

Personal Life:

  • Date of Birth: 10 June 1981
  • Age: 41
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Birthplace: Churu District in Rajasthan
  • Hometown: Churu District in Rajasthan
  • School: Government High School, Ratanpura, Churu, Rajasthan
  • College: NMPG College, Hanumangarh, Rajasthan
  • Highest educational qualifications: Bachelor of Arts


In 2002 at the Para-Asian Games


  • Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna (2017)
  • FICCI Para-Sportsperson of the Year (2014)
  • Padma Shri (2012; first Paralympian to be so honoured).
  • Arjuna Award (2004)
  • Padma Bhushan (2022)

Family Details:

  • Marital Status: Married
  • Spouse Name: Manju
  • Spouse Profession: Former Nationally Ranked Kabaddi Player
  • Number of Kids: Two children: Jiya and Kavyan
  • Parents’ Names: Jevani Devi and Ram Singh Jhajaria
  • Religion: Hinduism
  • Other Hobbies: Traveling

Lesser-Known Facts about Devendra Jhajharia

  • He grew up in Churu, Rajasthan.
  • When he was 9 years old, he met an accident while climbing a tree and touched a live wire of 11000 volts. The accident was so severe that his left hand was amputated.
  • He started practicing Javelin Throw with a hand-made wooden-Javelin in his fields.
  • In 2004, the Government of India awarded him the Arjuna Award.
  • In 2004, he won a gold medal at the Athens Paralympics and also set a world record.
  • In 2012, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
  • After winning a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, he became the first Indian Paralympian to win 2 gold medals at the Paralympics.
  • In July 2021, he qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics with a new world record of 65.71 meters during their selection trials in New Delhi.
  • In an interview, while talking about his preparations for Tokyo Paralympics, he said, I am training hard and following a well-thought-out program set by my coach Sunil Tanwar. I am confident that just like in Athens and Rio, I will win a gold medal in Tokyo too.”

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