Rio gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu

Mariyappan :

Mariyappan is third Indian to win a gold medal in the Paralympics when he left behind world champion Sam Grew of the USA in the T-42 High Jump event in Rio. He is the first from India to achieve this.

The 21-year-old Paralympian met with an accident at the age of five years. A speeding bus crushed his left leg, below the knee, leaving him with a permanent disability.

As a Reward to this achievement, the Indian sports ministry and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa both announced cash rewards of Rs 75 lakh and Rs 2 crore respectively for the gold medalist.

Mariyappan has donated Rs 30 lakh from the prize money, that he won after his historic feat, to the government school where he studied.

Big respect to this guy who bought glory to us and our country.

Mariyappan Rio Gold Medalist

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