#ProudAtParalympics: Gold and Bronze in India’s bucket!
And yet, here’s another proud and historic moment for India as Mariyappan Thangavelu grabs the gold medal while fellow citizen Varun Singh Bhati got hold of the bronze in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics.
Thangavelu, 20 Year old champ made a leap of 1.89m, Bhati made a leap of 1.86 and finished third.
According to the reports from The Hindu, Thangavelu was injured at the age of 5 where a bus accident left him with a permanent disability.
“I was told the driver was inebriated,” he says. “It doesn’t matter. My right leg is now stunted — it is still a five-year-old’s leg; it has never grown or healed.” His mother, who now sells vegetables to make a living, took out a loan of Rs. 3 lakh for his medical treatment. “We’re still paying it off,” he says. “Life is hard but we’re somehow getting by.”
And, according to the reports from NDTV, Bhati, was diagnosed with polio which in the end led to deformity in one of his leg!
This is the real proud moment for all of us.
“We have very good chance in javelin throw in F-46 and F-47 categories. We expect a gold or silver or bronze. We will create new record at these Games,” said, Gursharan Singh, vice-president of the Paralympic Committee of India.
Tell the world how proud we are!