New Delhi: It was just the Day 2 at Rio Paralympics and India opened their medals tally thanks to Mariyappan Thangavelu and Bhati Varun who won gold and bronze respectively in the in the men’s T42 High Jump event.
While Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89 metres, Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86 metres to finish third.
The news brought extreme delight to the faces of people all across India and twitter was soon full of celebrations. Though a few question marks arose asking if the Paralympians will be awarded with same sort of money and honour as that of the Rio Olympians.
Hope india give the same prize money and honour to Paralympic athletes #Rio2016Paralympics
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) September 10, 2016
— Accessible India (@MSJE_AIC) September 10, 2016
— Mehul Choradiya (@ChoradiyaMehul) September 10, 2016
— Atulya Singh (@atulya47) September 10, 2016
— LizaHHH (@lizTaS7) September 10, 2016
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 10, 2016
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 10, 2016
Congrats to #MariyappanThangavelu for gold & Varun Singh fr bronze in #Paralympics
These true heroes defy all odds pic.twitter.com/yJNgQFm8eG
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) September 10, 2016
Greatly delighted to note India's talented Mariyappan Thangavelu scripted history at #Paralympics by winning Gold.
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) September 10, 2016
Two high jumps for Indian athletes, two giant leaps for India! Congratulations Mariyappan Thangavelu and Bhati Varun Singh! #Paralympics
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 10, 2016