Thagavelu wins gold, Bhati bronze in Rio Paralympics

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Rio de Janeiro, Sep 10: India made a noteworthy begin to its crusade at the Paralympic Games with Mariyappan Thangavelu making history by sacking the gold while Varun Bhati won the bronze award in the men’s T42 high hop on the second day of the uber occasion, here.

Be that as it may, it was disillusionment for another Indian competitor Sharad Kumar who neglected to complete on the platform.

Thangavelu won the yellow metal with his best bounce of 1.89 meters, while Bhati’s best exertion of 1.86m got him the bronze.

The silver award in this occasion went to USA’s Sam Grewe who likewise enlisted the same sign of 1.86 meters.

Be that as it may, it was misfortune for Kumar, who stood out at one phase in the wake of clearing obstacles of 1.55m and 1.60m. His best hop, however, was just 1.77m which set him at the 6th position.

The occasion saw enormous rivalry as six out of the 12 para competitors cleared the 1.74m imprint in their initial eight endeavors.

In his tenth endeavor, Thangavelu hopped 1.77m effectively, alongside three others Poland’s Lukasz Mamczarz, China’s Zhiqiang Zhing and countrymate Kumar.

In the later stages with the challenge being lessened to just three contenders, Bhati set the tone with a bounce of 1.83m imprint alongside Thagavelu.

In any case, exactly when it looked like India would bring a gold and a silver, the American cleared 1.86m to get the top spot yet the Indians additionally equalled the stature to make it even.

Inevitably, in a nail gnawing finale, Thangavelu snatched the top respects by completing with a hop of 1.89m.