Rio Paralympics: Thangavelu clinches gold, Varun Bhati secures bronze in Men’s 42 High Jump

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Updated: September 10, 2016 7:28:41 AM

Mariyappan Thangavelu clinched a gold medal and Varun Bhati bagged a bronze in the men T42 High Jump event at the Paralympic Games.

para-reu-LT-42 is a disability sport classification for differently-abled track and field athletes with single ‘above the knee’ amputations or a disability that is comparable. (Reuters)

Victory for India got sweeter when it bagged two medals in one day at the Paralympics currently being held in Rio de Janerio. On Friday, Mariyappan Thangavelu clinched a gold medal while Varun Bhati bagged a bronze in the Men’s T42 High Jump event at the Paralympic Games.

T-42 is a disability sport classification for differently-abled track and field athletes with single ‘above the knee’ amputations or a disability that is comparable.

Thangavelu bagged the gold with a jump of 1.89 metre while Bhati made a mark of 1.86 metre, which was also his personal best. Silver medal was bagged by American Sam Grewe. After Thangavelu and Bhati’s feat, India’s overall medal tally in all Paralympic Games has reached 10 – three golds, three silvers and four bronze.

The Sports Ministry on Tuesday announced that the Indian gold medallists from the Paralympic Games will be awarded Rs.75 lakh, the silver medallists will get Rs.50 lakh while Rs.30 lakh will be given to the bronze medallists. The 2016 Paralympics will see as many as 4,300 athletes competing for medals in 23 disciplines.

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