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More Medals for India at Tokyo Paralympics- Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar Bring Home Silver and Bronze

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Wednesday, 1st September 2021

It continued to rain medals for India in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics as defending champion Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar won a silver and bronze medal respectively in the men’s high jump T42 event on Tuesday.

With this, India’s total haul of medals at the Paralympics reached ten, an unprecedented figure for the country in the history of the Games. 

Mariyappan said, ““I could have won gold and claimed the world record. I came here with that aim. But the rain played spoilsport. It was a drizzle initially but after the 1.80m mark, it became heavy. The sock on my other leg (the impaired right leg) got wet and it was difficult to jump.”

He added, “In Rio, the weather was great and I won gold. I will try for gold and world record in Paris 2024.”

While Mariyappan cleared 1.86m, American athlete Sam Grewe soared above 1.88m in his third attempt and clinched the gold medal.

Kumar, with his 1.83m soar, bagged the bronze medal for India. He said, he had been considering pulling out of the competition on account of a leg injury.

He said, “I had an injury on my leg, meniscus dislocated (a type of knee injury) yesterday. I thought of pulling out today but spoke to my family back home. They said just go ahead. Told me to read Bhagawat Gita and focus on what I can do and not on what I have no control over.”

The duo was felicitated by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, who wrote on his Twitter post, “Soaring higher and higher! Mariyappan Thangavelu is synonymous with consistence and excellence. Congratulations to him for winning the Silver Medal. India is proud of his feat.”

The social media was on fire after Mariyappan and Kumar won their medals. Olympics champion Abhinav Bindra was among the first ones to condratulate them. He tweeted, “"Silver for @189thangavelu in the men's high jump T42 to add to his Gold in Rio! Very well fought! And Bronze for @sharad_kumar01 as well in the same event. The whole nation is so proud of you both!”

The T42 classification at the Paralympics is for those athletes who are suffering from a leg deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in the legs. All these athletes compete in a standing position.

The News Talkie Bureau



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