Photo: Mariyappan Thangavelu
After Rio Olympics, it is Paralympics that is being seen as an opportunity by various differently abled Indian Athletes to prove their mettle on the same land of Rio.
With new flow of enthusiasm, already Mariyappan Thangavelu has won the gold medal while compatriot Varun Singh Bhati secured the bronze in the men's high jump T-42 event on Saturday.
Merely 20 years old, Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89m, while Bhati gave his personal best of 1.86m.
Bhati lost his silver to USA's Sam Grewe who gave him a tough competition.
To everyone’s interest, Thangavelu has also become the first Indian high jumper to win a Paralympics gold.
Talking about the match, the event witnessed a fierce contest with six of the 12 athletes clearing the 1.74m mark in their first eight attempts.
Thangavelu showed his ability to be a part of the leading group only after his 10th attempt when he cleared the 1.77m mark along with Lukasz Mamczarz of Poland, China's Zhiqiang Zhing and Kumar.