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India wins gold and bronze in high jump,Rio Paralympics

Historic day for India at Rio today.India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu created history by winning a gold medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event finals Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro. Another Indian Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze medal the same event.India’s other medal prospect Sharad Kumar finished at number six.

The 20-year-old Thangavelu won gold with a leap of 1.89m, while Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86m to finish third and American Sam Grewe bagged the silver medal also with a 1.86m jump.

Thangavelu’s gold is India’s third at the Paralympics, after Murlikant Petkar in the men’s 50m freestyle swimming at the 1972 Heidelberg Games and Devendra Jhajharia in the javelin throw F44/46 at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.

Thangavelu Mariyappan, hailing from a small village in Tamil Nadu, was left permanently disabled after a bus ran over his right leg at the age of five.Varun Singh, on the other hand, suffers from poliomyelitis.

“Government of India gives Rs 75 lakh for gold, 50 lakh for silver and 30 lakh for bronze to winning athletes in Paralympics – at par with Olympics,” the ministry stated on Twitter.

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