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Indians bag Gold and Bronze in 2016 Rio Paralympics

Mariyappan Thangavelu won India’s first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics. 
•    He won the gold in the Men’s High Jump T-42 event with a leap of 1.89 metres.
•    With this, Thangavelu also became the first Indian high-jumper to win gold at the Paralympics.
•    This was India’s overall third gold at the Games and the first after 12 years.
•    In addition, Bronze in the event also went to India through Varun Singh Bhati, who jumped his personal best of 1.86 metres to finish third. 
•    USA's Sam Grewe bagged the silver medal.
•    India had claimed a Gold and a Bronze at Athens in 2004. 
•    Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia had then won the Gold, with Rajinder Singh claiming the Bronze in powerlifting.
•    In the last edition of the Games in London, India had attained just a Silver. 
•    India had won its first ever Paralympics Gold in the 1972 Heidelberg Games through Swimmer Murlikant Petkar.


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