Rio Paralympics: Thangavelu wins gold in high jump, TN Govt to give Rs 2 cr

Rio de Janeiro: India's Mariyappan Thangavelu created history on Saturday morning by winning a gold medal in the men's high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics. The Tamil Nadu government has announced a reward of Rs 2 crore for the gold medal winner.

His compatriot Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze medal the same event.

While Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89 metres, Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86 metres to finish third. 

India's other medal prospect Sharad Kumar finished at number six.

USA's Sam Grewe bagged the silver medal. IANS