Devendra Jhajharia was born to a family of farmers in Churu, Rajasthan. Once, when he was 8 years old, he accidentally touched a live electric cable, while climbing a tree and lost his hand. A turning point in his life as his physical handicap seemed a deterrent to his mental strength. Or so everyone thought; because the more he was laughed at or told he wasn’t fit to play with his friends, the more he resolved to become a sportsman. A chance came in form of an Olympic sport — he saw a school-mate throw a javelin, attempted himself and managed to throw it at a longer distance; instantly knowing which sport he should concentrate.