Rio Paralympics 2016: Double Delight For India
India got its name in the medals tally on day two of the Rio Paralympic Games in high jump, when India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu won gold medal and Varun Singh Bhati clinched bronze medal in High Jump T42 at Rio Paralympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Yes, Indian athletes Mariyappan and Varun have created history on this Friday after winning both gold and bronze in the same event.
21-year-old, Mariyappan Thangavelu from Tamil Nadu met with an accident at the age of five when a bus ran over his right leg that stunted it’s growth. 20-year-old Varun has deformity in one leg due to Poliomyelitis. But these Physical Deformities never stood as a obstacle when they had a very strong will power to achieve.
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) September 10, 2016
The official twitter page of the Embassy of India, Brazil tweeted that “India is proud of you Mariappan Thangavelu and Bhati Varun Singh for wining gold and bronze at #Rio2016Paralympics”
— India In Brazil (@indiainbrazil) September 10, 2016
Mariyappan Thangavelu won gold medal and also he is the first Indian high-jumper to win a gold at the Paralympics, with a leap of 1.89 metres. This is India’s first gold at the Rio Paralympics 2016. Varun Singh Bhati got bronze medal with the jump of 1.86m. USA’s Sam Grewe took home the silver medal.
Indian anthem was played at Rio de Janeiro after Mariyappan Thangavelu won gold in men’s high jump T42 event alongside Varun Bhati who won bronze. Reported Indian Express.