India woke up to yet another golden morning on Wednesday with the news that javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia won India's second gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record from the Athens Paralympics in 2004 to clinch the top honours at the Rio Games.
Devendra won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Games with a record throw of 62.15 metres, becoming only the second gold medallist at the Paralympics for his country, and improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao) in Rio on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Indian shooter Naresh Kumar Sharma will vie for a medal in the Mixed 50m air rifle prone event. Sharma will have to go through a qualifying round to reach the final round. The qualifying round will begin at 6 PM IST. If Sharma manages to go past the initial hurdle, he will have a shot at the medals in the final that take place at 8:15 PM IST.
Sharma had a disappointing outing when he was knocked out in the qualification round of the mixed 10 metre air rifle prone shooting event of the Paralympic Games. Sharma finished the event at the 44th spot as he managed a total of 606.5 points from the qualifying round at the Olympic Shooting Centre.
The 42-year-old Arjuna Awardee won the quota with a 12th place finish in the men's 50m rifle three position at the IPC Shooting World Cup at Fort Benning, USA. This is Sharma's fifth Paralympic participation. He has participated from 1996 to 2012 missing only the 2004 edition. His best performance was at Beijing in 2008 where he finished 5th.
Indian shooting fraternity will be hoping to see some light at the end of the tunnel after a disappointing campaign in Rio - firstly in the Olympics and later in the Paralympics so far.
With inputs from Agencies