- M Thangavelu clinches gold and Varun Singh Bhati bronze in high jump
Rio de Janeiro: Paralympics athletes made India proud by securing gold and bronze medal in the mena��s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics on Friday.
Indiaa��s Mariyappan Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89 metres and his compatriot Varun Singh Bhati jumped his best of 1.86 metres. India thus opened their account in Rio with two medals on the same day.
The silver medal went to American Sam Grewe.
Indiaa��s other medal prospect Sharad Kumar finished at number six.
The Sports Ministry earlier this week has announced cash rewards on par with other Olympic medal winners. Gold medallists will be awarded Rs 75 lakh, the silver medallists will get Rs 50 lakh and bronze medallist will get Rs. 30 lakh.
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.
India’s overall medal tally in all Paralympic Games has reached 10 – three golds, three silvers and four bronze.
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