Published On: Sat, Sep 10th, 2016

Paralympics: Indians win gold and bronze in High Jump T42

mariyappanthangavelu2afp_1473492380The Indian Paralympians, Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati, have clinched gold and bronze medals respectively in the men’s High Jump T42 at the Rio Paralympics. Mr Thangavelu, who hails from a small village in Tamil Nadu, was permanently disabled after a bus accident. He was categorised under the T42 classification. He attained the Olympic qualification at the IPC Grand Prix crossing the 1.60 parameter. As per the data, T42 is a disability classification in the Paralympics for the athletes with severe knee amputation or similar disorder.

Meanwhile, Varun Singh came under this category as he is suffering from Poliomyelitis since his childhood days. Thangavelu effortlessly crossed 1.89m to attain the well-deserved gold medal for our country, while Singh’s 1.86m jump gave him his bronze medal. As per the report, both the athletes performed their career’s best performance in the event. It is learned that the government may give huge cash awards for the Paralympians, who performs an extraordinary performance.

The sports ministry had already given a huge offer to encourage the Indian Paralympians who are participating in various events at Rio Paralympics. The Rio Paralympics started on September 8 and will end on coming September 18. Nearly 17 Para-athletes are participating in various events, including the Athens Paralympics gold medallist, Devendra Jhajharia.

It seems that we can expect a second gold medal from the 2004 Javelin throw champion. Immediately after the High Jump result, several persons including celebrates, congratulated the winners through their social media platforms. Anyway, it is definitely a proud movement for our country.

 

Vignesh

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Paralympics: Indians win gold and bronze in High Jump T42