India strikes Gold & Bronze at 2016 Rio Paralympics

India had a terrific start at the 2016 Rio Paralympics as the Indian contingent snagged a Gold and a Bronze.

Mariyappan Thangavelu won the Gold for his 1.89m leap in the Men’s High Jump T-42 event. His co-contestant and fellow Indian, Varun Singh Bhati clinched the Silver for the same event.

Disability sports classification system allows for fair competition between people with different types of disabilities. T-42 is a disability classification in the sport for differently-abled track-and-field athletes with single ‘above the knee’ amputations or a comparable disability. While Bhati was affected by Polio, which led to leg-deformity, Thangavelu was injured at the age of five, when a bus accident left him with a permanent disability.

Here’s the moment of pride, as the Indian Flag is raised and the Anthem flows through the speakers.


To promote sports amongst, the government announced that gold medal winners at the Rio Paralympics will get cash award of Rs 75 lakhs, silver winners Rs 50 lakhs and bronze winners Rs 30 lakhs.

Three cheers to the winners!

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