New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Devendra Jhajharia, Rio 2016 Paralympic Champion of 2016 in F-46 Javelin Throw category for men, improved her world record on her way to winning berth at the Tokyo Paralympic Games during the two-day national selection finals that ended here on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old paratrooper from Rajasthan threw the javelin to a distance of 65.71m during the trials, which was better than his own record of 63.97m.
The Tokyo edition, which begins on August 24, will be Jhajharias’ third Paralympics. The Rajasthan para-athlete first competed at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, where he won gold. Jhajharia won his second gold in Rio.
Mariyappan Thangavelu, Rio Paralympic Games F-42 High Jump Championship for Men, Varun Bhatti and Sharad Kumar are among the 24 para-athletes shortlisted by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for the Tokyo Games.
In the F-64 for men, Sandeep Chaudhary and Sumit Antil have made the cut.
Antil holds the world record of 66.70 meters, while Chaudhary won gold at the World Para Athletics Championships held in Doha in 2019.
August 1 is the deadline for submitting final contributions to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Based on performance during the national selection trials, PCI has shortlisted 24 para-athletes, including four in the women’s category for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
More than 70 athletes who had achieved minimum qualification scores (MQS) in their respective events were eligible to compete in the national selection trials.
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