India’s Para athlete who made the nation proud: Mariyappan Thangavelu

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2016 Rio Paralympics - Men's High Jump - T42 Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/09/2016. Mariyappan Thangavelu of India celebrates with his gold medal during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Paralympics is one of the largest international sporting events that take place in the 21st century. India made its summer paralympic debut in 1968. India has participated in every edition of the Summer Games since 1984. There are many Indian para athletes who have made their nation proud. Mariyappan Thangavelu is one of them. He is an Indian paralympic high jumper. In the 2016 paralympic games, he represented India and won gold in the finals. He was born in Tamil Nadu. When he was a young child and was on his way to school, a bus ran over him. The bus crushed his leg below the knee. He carried bricks as a laborer until he became a vegetable seller. It caused his right leg to become stunted. He is India’s first Paralympic gold medalist since 2004. In 2017, he was awarded Padma Shri by the Government for his extraordinary contribution towards sports and in the same year he won the Arjuna award as well. He is awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award- the highest sporting honour of India in 2020.

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