India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu created history as he won the gold medal in men’s high jump T-42 at Rio Paralympics on Friday. Another Indian Varun Singh Bhati won the bronze in the same competition, reported NDTV sports.
Thangavelu achieved the feat with a jump of 1.89 metre while Bhati won the bronze with an attempt of 1.86m.
With these two medals, India have now opened its account in the medals tally.
Hailing from a poor family of Salem district in Tamil Nadu, Mariyappan Thangavelu had clinched the high jump gold medal at the j2015 IWAS World Junior Games in the Netherlands.
He had cleared a distance of 1.77 metres in the F 42 category.
In a fine gesture, the Sports Ministry last week had announced that medallists from the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro will be given cash awards at par with the medal winners of last month’s Olympic Games.
“Gold medallists of #Paralympic Games are entitled to Rs 75 Lacs, Silver Rs 50 Lacs & Bronze Rs 30 Lacs as cash award from MYAS,” the Ministry tweeted from its official handle.
“This cash award to the #Paralympic medallists is at par with medallists of #Olympics,” it added.
India has sent its biggest-ever contingent of 17 athletes to the Rio Paralympics starting tomorrow.
There in the squad is, Devendra Jhajharia, India’s first Paralympic gold medallist (Athens 2004), and will be eyeing a medal at the javelin throw event in the F46 category.