Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced a reward of Rs 2 crore for Rio Paralympic Gold medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu. On Friday, Mariyappan Thangavelu won gold medal in the high jump event at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. Mariyappan Thangavelu’s gold is India’s first medal in the Paralympics. He has also become the first to win a gold medal in the Paralympics high jump T42 event.
Mariyappan Thangavelu hails from Salem district of Tamil Nadu. He was praised by Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa and announced a reward of Rs 2 crore.
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote, “I am very happy to inform you that I have decided that the Government of Tamil Nadu will award you a cash prize of Rs.2 crore on par with Olympic Gold Medal winners from Tamil Nadu.” The Chief Minister also said she was delighted to learn that he has won a gold medal at the Paralympics.
Mariyappan Thangavelu became only the third Indian ever to win the medal. He won the gold medal with his best jump of 1.89m, leaving behind world champion Sam Grewe of the USA who registered 1.86m. In same event Varun Bhati bagged the Bronze medal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also praised both Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati for achievement, saying India was “elated” by their success.
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