New Delhi: From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to India's lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra, congratulatory messages poured in from all corners for Rio Paralympic Games' T-42 high-jump gold-medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu and bronze winner Varun Bhati.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 10, 2016
Under the Sports Ministry's Cash Award Scheme, Mariyappan will get Rs 75 lakh and Bhati will be presented Rs 30 lakh for their feat. The prize money is at par with the medal winners from last month's Olympic Games as was announced by the Ministry before the Games.
Thangavelu won the yellow metal with his best jump of 1.89 metres, while Bhati's best effort of 1.86m fetched him the bronze. The silver medal in this event went to USA's Sam Grewe who also registered the same mark of 1.86 metres.
Abhinav Bindra welcomed Thangavelu to the gold medal club while congratulating the duo for their feat.
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) September 10, 2016
Sports Minister Vijay Goel also heaped praise on the duo.
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) September 10, 2016
Filmstar Amitabh Bachchan also congratulated the duo.
T 2375 -#Paralympics joy for India .. Gold & Bronze for Thangavelu and Bhatti in high jump ! COME ON INDIA !!!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 10, 2016
Virender Sehwag also congratulated the duo on their achievements
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 10, 2016
Boxer Mary Kom was another renowned sports personality to congratulate the Paralympians on their feat
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) September 10, 2016