Mariyappan Thangavelu (Paralympics Athlete) Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Wins Silver | Who Is Mariyappan Thangavelu? Bio, Wiki

Who is Mariyappan Thangavelu?

Mariyappan Thangavelu (born 28 June 1995) is an IndianParalympichigh jumper. He represented India in the 2016 Summer Paralympic games held in Rio de Janeiro and the 2020 Summer Paralympic games held in Tokyo in the men’s high jump T-42 category, winning the gold medal and silver medal respectively in the finals. He is India’s first Paralympian gold medalist since 2004.

On 25 January 2017, the Government of India conferred him with the Padma Shri award for his contribution towards sports and in the same year, he was also awarded Arjuna Award. He was awarded Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in the year 2020 by the Government of India.

Mariyappan Thangavelu Paralympics | wins silver in men’s High Jump (T63), Sharad Kumar bags bronze

It was a double delight for India in the High jump (T63) event as stars Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar won the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the final of the event at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics.

Mariyappan Thangavelu clinched silver after leaping the mark of 1.86m. This is his second medal at the Games, having already won a gold in Rio 2016. Meanwhile, Sharad Kumar grabbed bronze after scaling his season-best mark of 1.83m.

The Rio 2016 silver medalist, United States of America’s Sam Grewe clinched gold after successfully jumping the 1.88m mark in his third attempt. Another Indian and Rio 2016 bronze medalist Varun Singh Bhati finished seventh with a season-best of 1.77m.

Amid the heavy downpour in Tokyo, the Indian trio passed on the first five jumps as Varun Singh Bhati started the proceedings on the 6th by successfully jumping the 1.69m mark. Soon, Sharad Kumar and Mariyappan Thangavelu got in the mix from the next jump by scaling the 1.73m.

Mariyappan Thangavelu Biography, Wiki

Mariyappan Thangavelu was robbed of his childhood when a drunk bus driver ran him over. However, he couldn’t rob his spirit and willpower. He then turned his disability into his special ability and became a champion!

Mariyappan believes that his stunted leg helps him jump better! He considers it to be his lucky charm. If only all of us had this positive outlook in life!

He comes from a humble family in Tamil Nadu. His mother took care of him and his siblings after his father abandoned the family. She worked as a laborer and later as a vegetable seller to ensure that her children got a proper education.

Mariyappan surely got this steely determination from his mother. He pursued athletics in school and decided to opt for high jump after his physical education teacher advised him so.

It turned out to be the best decision of his life! At the Rio Paralympics, he brought India its first gold medal in the high jump. The gold came home after 14 years!

Now, Mariyappan has set his sights on the Jakarta Asian Games and we are sure he will make us proud once again. He is also the flag bearer of the Indian contingent there.

India’s Flagbearer in Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

Mariyappan Thangavelu Sports

Mariyappan Thangavelu wins gold at 2016 Paralympics

Real NameMariyappan Thangavelu
NicknameNot Known
ProfessionHigh Jumper
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”
Weightin Kilograms- 60 kg
in Pounds- 132 lbs
Body Measurements– Chest: 38 Inches
– Waist: 30 Inches
– Biceps: 11 Inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear 1995
Age (as in 2021)26 Years
Birth PlacePeriavadamgatti village, Salem, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac sign/Sun signNot Known
HometownPeriavadamgatti village, Salem, Tamil Nadu
SchoolNot Known
CollegeAVS College of Arts And Science, Ramalingapuram, Tamil Nadu
Educational QualificationsNot Known
DebutNot Known
FamilyFather– Not Known
Mother– Not Known

Brother– Not Known
Sister– Not Known
HobbiesNot Known
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodNot Known
Favourite ActorNot Known
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known

Mariyappan Thangavelu Career

Mariyappan Thangavelu enjoyed playing volleyball as a student; subsequently, his school physical education instructor encouraged him to try high jumping. In his first competitive event, aged 14, he placed second among a field of able-bodied competitors, after which he received strong encouragement from his classmates and others in the Salem district.

In 2013, his current coach Satyanarayana, supported by the Sports Academy of India for Differently-Abled, first noticed his performance at the Indian national para-athletics championships, and formally took him on as a student in 2015, bringing him to Bengaluru for further coaching.

In March 2016, Mariyappan cleared a distance of 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) in the men’s high jump T–42 event at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia, qualifying him for the Rio Paralympics. At the Rio Paralympics, he won the gold medal in the men’s high jump T–42 event, with a leap of 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in).

In November 2019, he cleared two a distance of 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)in the Men’s High Jump T-63 event at 2019 World Para Athletics Championships to bag the Bronze medal, behind fellow Indian Sharad Kumar.

A Tragic Accident with Mariyappan Thangavelu

Life took an unexpected twist when Mariyappan was just five years old. He was walking to his school when he was run over by a drunken bus driver. Saroj took a loan of three lakh rupees for Mariyappan’s treatment. Unfortunately, he was left with stunted growth and permanent disability. The family was paying off the loan for years after that.

Mariyappan Won Gold Medal in 2016 Paralympics

At the 2016 Summer Paralympics Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Mariyappan made history. In the men’s high jump T-42 category, he won the gold with a stellar jump of 1.89 meters.

Another Indian, Varun Bhati registered a mark of 1.86m to win the bronze medal. USA’s Sam Grewe took away the silver medal home. It was indeed a proud moment to see two Indians standing on the podium.

With this achievement, Mariyappan brought home India’s first gold medal in the high jump. After 14 years, India won a Paralympics gold medal!

Mariyappan Thangavelu: 'I stayed calm and did my best' - Sportstar

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