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Paralympics 2016: Mariyappan Thangavelu wins gold, Varun Bhati bronze in Men's T42 High Jump

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 September 2016, 13:41 IST

India's show at the Rio De Janerio Paralympics began with two major medal wins. Mariyappan Thangavelu won the gold medal and Varun Bhati the bronze medal in the men's T42 High Jump event on day two of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Thangavelu recorded his best jump of 1.89 metres, leaving behind USA's Sam Grewe who bagged the second spot winning a silver.

T42 is disability sport classification for disability athletics, restricted to only track and jump events. It applies to athletes with single above the knee amputations or a disability that is comparable. India has sent their biggest ever contingent of 19 including Athens gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia.

Indian viewers can watch the sporting event in Rio de Janeiro on sports channels -- SIX and ESPN -- in two sessions of one hour each daily. The telecast will not be live.

First published: 10 September 2016, 13:41 IST
 
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