T-42 High Jump – Mariyappan Thangavelu wins gold, Varun Singh Bhati picks up silver at Paralympics

On Friday, Mariyappan Thangavelu made history by clinching gold in the men’s high jump T-42 at Rio Paralympics on Friday. Varun Singh Bhati, another Indian picked up bronze. Thangavelu clinched gold with a jump of 1.89m while Bhati scaled 1.86, for his bronze effort. The silver was picked up by American Sam Grewe. These were India’s first medals at the Rio Paralympics games.

Thangavelu is the third Indian to wing gold at the Games after Murlikant Petkar (Swimming in 1972) and Devendra Jhajharai (Javelin Throw in 2004). Thangavelu hails from a small village named Periavadagampatti, which is 50 km from Salem in Tamil Nadu. At the age of five, a bus accident left him permanently disabled but that didn’t deter his winning spirit.

Meanwhile, Bhati who was diagnosed with polio in one of his legs was born deformed but the 21-year-old from UP finished fifth at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Korea, and won a gold medal at the 2014 China Open Athletics Championships.

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