Current Affairs: Mariyappan Thangavelu gives India's First Paralympic Games Gold

First Gold medal of the Rio Paralympic Games 2016

Mariyappan Thangavelu 
  • India have won its first Gold medal of the Rio Paralympic Games. 
  • Mariyappan Thangavelu in the Men's High Jump T-42 event brought laurels to the country as he finished first to give India's its third ever Gold at the Games and the first after 12 years. 
  • Bronze in the event also went to India through Varun Singh Bhati.
  • 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. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Mariyappan on winning a Gold and Varun for the Bronze at the Paralympic Games.

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