TN government to give Rs 2 crore to Mariyappan Thangavelu

Chennai, Sep 10: Tamil Nadu government today (September 10) announced a reward of Rs 2 crore for Mariyappan Thangavelu, who won gold at Rio Paralympics 2016 in Brazil.

Who is Thangavelu?

On September 9 (Friday), the 21-year-old Thangavelu created history by finishing on top in the high jump T42 event. He is the first Indian to win high jump gold in Paralympics.

Thangavelu (left) with Varun

Thangavelu is from Salem district of Tamil Nadu. He was praised by Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and announced a reward of Rs 2 crore, according to news agency "ANI". (Reactions from Twitter)

"I was delighted to learn that Mariappan has won Gold Medal in Paralympics currently being held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil," Jayalalithaa told the news agency.

"I understand that this is the first time an Indian has won a gold medal in the High Jump event in the Paralympics," she added.

India claimed 2 medals in high jump. Varun Singh Bhati finished 3rd to take the bronze. Paralympics in Brazil end on September 17.

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