• Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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Thangavelu strikes gold, Bhati gets bronze in Paralympics high jump

(From left) Mariyappan Thangavelu, Varun Bhati and Sam Crewe celebrate their podium finish

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Mariyappan Thangavelu became only the third Indian ever to clinch a Paralympic gold, while Varun Bhati secured a bronze as the duo scripted history for the country in the men’s T42 high jump event of the ongoing Rio Games. Thangavelu, 21, who was just five years old when his right leg was crushed by a speeding bus while he was on his way to school, joined Murlikant Petkar (1972, swimming) and Devendra Jhajharia (2004, javelin throw) in the Indian Paralympics gold club. He won top spot with his best jump of 1.89m, leaving world champion Sam Grewe of the US,…

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