Bengaluru, Sep 10: On Saturday morning (September 10), India woke up to the news of a gold medal clinching historic moment from 21-year-old high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu at Rio Paralympics 2016 in Brazil. (Who is Thangavelu?)
Thangavelu, from Tamil Nadu, created history on Friday (September 9) (Early Saturday morning in India) by becoming India's first ever gold medallist in Paralympics high jump.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cricketers, athletes, actors and several others took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to congratulate and praise Thangavelu's golden effort in high jump T42 event. They also congratulated Varun Singh Bhati, who took bronze in the same event.
"India is elated! Congratulations to Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning a gold & Varun Singh Bhati for the bronze at the #Paralympics. #Rio2016," tweeted Prime Minister Modi.
Last month, India returned home from Rio de Janeiro without a gold. Shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik gave India 2 medals - a silver and bronze.
Paralympics, that followed the Rio Olympics, started on September 7 and end on 18.
Here are some of the congratulatory messages for Thangavelu
Congrats M.Thangavelu and V.Bhati on winning gold and bronze respectively in men's High Jump event at Rio Paralympics #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) September 10, 2016
In case you haven't already seen it. Mariyappan Thangavelu. Saw it 5 times and am still blown by it. Just incredible pic.twitter.com/UdgLNRn3iZ— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 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
Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has congratulated Mariyappan Thangavelu for winning Gold Medal & Varun Singh Bhati for winning Bronze..— INC India (@INCIndia) September 10, 2016
Mariyappan thangavelu from tamilnadu salem boy wins gold in men's high jump at rio paralympics 2016 congrats :) pic.twitter.com/JrKeAEKCjj— Santhanam (@iamsanthanam) September 10, 2016
Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati won GOLD AND BRONZE at the Paralympics! Why aren't more people talking about this?— Kautuk Srivastava (@Cowtuk) September 10, 2016
T 2375 -#Paralympics joy for India .. Gold & Bronze for Thangavelu and Bhatti in high jump ! COME ON INDIA !!!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 10, 2016