India had a fruitful outing at the ongoing Rio Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro when Mariyappan Thangavelu created history by winning the men’s gold in high jump. Adding to the gold, India also bagged bronze in the same event through Varun Singh Bhati.
Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89 metres for his gold medal effort while Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86 metres for the third place finish. Another medal prospect Sharad Kumar finished with a sixth place. American paralympian Sam Grewe took the silver.
The competition was so fierce as six of the 12 athletes have cleared the 1.74 metre mark in their first eight attempts. But Mariyappan cleared 1.77metres on his 10thattempt. He then jumped 1.83 metres to take the lead. He came up with his best effort to take the gold on the final outing to give India the first gold.