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Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia scripts history, strikes gold at Rio Paralympics

Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia scripts history, strikes gold at Rio Paralymp

Rio de Janeiro [Brazil], Sept.14 : Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia left an inedible mark in the annals of Indian sports history, becoming the first athlete from the country to win two gold medals at the Paralympics when he won the top honour in the men's F46 category on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who won his previous gold at the 2004 Athens Games, bettered his own world record to finish on top with a throw of 63.97 at the Olympic Stadium.

Guo Chunliang of China (59.93 metres) won silver and Sri Lanka's Dinesh Herath (58.23 metres) bagged bronze, respectively.

Century-old Indian runner Mann Kaur defies age to win gold at Vancouver track meet

Century-old Indian runner Mann Kaur defies age to win gold at Vancouver track me

Vancouver [Canada], Aug 30 : In a gripping tale of unwavering dedication and passion towards the sport, a 100-year-old Indian runner has become the talk of the town after she picked up a gold medal in the 100-metre race at the Americas Masters Games here.

Mann Kaur, hailing from Chandigarh, completed the race in a minute and a half to claim the gold medal as she is the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for older athletes.

Rio Olympics: Khushbir Kaur finishes 54th in women's 20km racewalk

Rio Olympics: Khushbir Kaur finishes 54th in women's 20km racewalk

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Aug.20 : Indian racewalker Khushbir Kaur produced a disappointing performance as she finished her Rio Olympics campaign at lowly 54th position in the women's 20km walk race on Saturday.

Khushbir, who did superbly well to qualify for the Olympics, failed to improve on her personal best of 1:33:07 and ended up finishing the race with a time of 1:40:33 in Pontal.

Meanwhile, Sapna Punia, the other Indian in fray, failed to even complete the race as she dropped out after the 8km mark.

Thompson wins Olympic gold for Jamaica in women's 100m

Thompson wins Olympic gold for Jamaica in women's 100m

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14 : Elaine Thompson continued Jamaica's Olympic sprint monopoly by winning gold in the women's 100m at the Rio Games.

The 24-year-old clocked 10.71 seconds to hold off the US' Tori Bowie, who took silver in 10.83 on Saturday, reports Xinhua.

"When I crossed the line and glanced across to see I was clear, I didn't know how to celebrate," Thompson said.

Thompson's fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, winner of the previous two Olympic gold medals in the event, had to settle for bronze in 10.86.

Shoeless runner Diro of Ethiopia makes heroine in Olympic steeplechase

Shoeless runner Diro of Ethiopia makes heroine in Olympic steeplechase

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14 : Ethiopian runner Etenesh Diro ran the last 800 meters of her 3000m steeplechase heat with one shoe on and one shoe off, but she was later given a chance to compete in the final at the Rio Olympics.

As one of the favorites in the women's 3000m steeplechase, Diro was sitting comfortably in first place about two-thirds into her heat on Saturday when disaster struck, reports Xinhua.

She got tangled up with some other competitors and her right shoe came half-off when her heel was clipped by a falling opponent, sending her tumbling to the ground.

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