IMAGE: India's Mariyappan Thangavelu soars over the bar on his way to the gold medal in the men's high jump-T42 on Day 2 of the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. A gold in Tokyo will put him at par with javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia who won the yellow metal in 2004 and 2016 Paralympics. In 2015, Thangavelu was brought to Bengaluru and the rest, as they say, is history. 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He is the third Indian Paralympics gold medalist. Thangavelu, who also won a bronze in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, is currently training at the Sports Authority of India's Bengaluru centre to prepare for Tokyo Paralympics next year. [6] Despite this setback, he completed secondary schooling; he says he "didn't see myself as different from able-bodied kids. [8], In November 2019 , he cleared a distance of 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)in the Men's High Jump T-63 event at 2019 World Para Athletics Championshipsto bag the Bronze medal , behind fellow Indian Sharad Kumar . 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Woman paddler Manika Batra and Rio Paralympic gold-winning high jumper Mariappan Thangavelu were the other two sportspersons recommended for the … (BCCL/Syed Asif) Mariyappan Thangavelu is an Indian Paralympic high jumper. Thangavelu was introduced to sports during his school days. India's opening batsman Rohit Sharma, and Paralympic gold medallist Thangavelu Mariyappan are also among the names recommended for the prestige. Mariyappan becomes only the second sportsmen from the state - after Viswanathan Anand - to be bestowed with the award. 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[14], 2019 World Para Athletics Championshipsto, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, "Rio Paralympics: Who is history-maker Mariyappan Thangavelu? The moment of ultimate glory came in Rio, Mariyappan Thangavelu would go on to conquer the world - winning gold medal in the men's high jump T–42 event, with a leap of 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in). He qualified for Rio in March 2016 clearing a height of … [6], 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. [6] 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). "For three years from 2012 to 2015, I did whatever I could to support my mother to run the family. The movie is being directed by Aishwarya Dhanush. [13], A petition to implead T Mariappan, recipient of gold medal in Para-Olympics competitions held recently, in a youth’s death case, has been filed in the Madras High Court. He represented India in the 2016 Summer Paralympic games held in Rio de Janeiro in the men's high jump T-42 category, winning the gold medal in the finals. And this village toady is proud to gift the nation a young talent who has already marked his presence in the pages of history. Mariyappan Thangavelu will be the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent at the Jakarta Para Asian Games. His younger brother is currently studying law in Salem while his sister got married. Mariyappan Thangavelu hails from Salem, Tamil Nadu. In 2013, Satyanarayana first noticed Thangavelu's talent during the National Para-athletics Championships. In 2013, Satyanarayana first noticed Thangavelu's talent during the National Para-athletics … As there was no effective action, she filed the present petition. This was before he was to be taken to Bengaluru by his current coach R Satyanarayana, who saw Thangavelu's potential as a future medal-winning para-athlete. Thangavelu was introduced to sports during his school days. Thangavelu was 18 then. Mariyappan Thangavelu (born 28 June 1995) is an Indian Paralympic high jumper. India's Baahubali Captain Paddler Manika Batra and Rio Paralympic gold-winning high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu were the other two recommended for the … In 2013, his current coach Mr.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. (Source: Twitter) From being a newspaper hawker to a Khel Ratna, it has been quite a ride for Paralympic gold-medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu, who still gets goosebumps thinking about the life he endured before sport changed it in more ways than one. 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Located about 50 km from Salem, Tamil Nadu, is a small village named Periavadagampatti. The current world record in T-42 high jump stands at 1.96m. In 2015, Thangavelu was brought to Bengaluru and th erest, as they say, is history. Elaborating further on his ordeal before becoming a star, Thangavelu said, "These three years, I would walk 2 to 3km every morning from my house to deliver newspapers to other houses. Thangavelu still cannot believe how far he has come after suffering permanent disability at the age of five when a bus crushed his right leg below the knee. Mariyappan Thangavelu stood in a corner, away from the media glare, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. I had to do that to support my mother who also works as a daily wage labourer as well as a vegetable-seller.". An unprecedented eight para-sports personalities will receive the National Sports Awards, including the Khel Ratna to Paralympics gold medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu, virtually on August 29. I was a newspaper hawker in the morning and daily wage labourer at construction sites in day time," he told PTI in an interview. He represented India in the 2016 Summer Paralympic games held in Rio de Janeiro in the men's high jump T-42 category, winning the gold medal in the finals. 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS unveiled: The most powerful Speed Triple ever! He was beaten up by Mariappan and his friends Sabari and Yuvaraj. In August 2017, Mariyappan said that while it was "a good feeling" to be recognised and to have his neighbours treat him with great respect, he felt "a slight sadness" that even his friends now treated him with increased formality, which irritated him. After the 2016 Paralympics, Thangavelu bought a piece of land from the money he got from various sources as incentives. The 25-year-old, who won a men's high jump gold in the Rio Paralympics, is among the five athletes picked for the country's highest sporting honour this year. Thangavelu, 20, became the third Indian to win a gold at the Paralympics after Murlikant Petkar (1972) and Devendra Jhajharia (2004). CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu’s Mariyappan Thangavelu was among the five athletes who would be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, it was announced on Friday. When they snatched his mobile phone, Sathish Kumar ran behind them to get it back. In a separate interview that month, he said that though he remained committed to an athletic career, he had been living off his prize money, and was in desperate need of a steady job to support his family. The 26-year-old Mariyappan came into the limelight when he won the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in men’s high jump T42 category before adding the bronze at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai last … TNM Staff Follow @thenewsminute. His father reportedly abandoned the family early on, and his mother, Saroja, raised her children as a single mother, carrying bricks as a labourer until becoming a vegetable seller, earning ₹100 (US$1.40) a day. The most recent recipients of the award are Rohit Sharma (Cricket), Mariyappan Thangavelu (Para Athletics), Manika Batra (Table Tennis), Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling), and Rani Rampal (Hockey). The Rio Paralympics were held from 7th September to 18th September 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 25-year-old para athlete, hailing from Salem, caught everyone's attention when he … Indian gold medallist in the Paralympics, Mariyappan Thangavelu, on Monday donated a part of his prize money to the school which he had studied in. For Mariyappan Thangavelu, it was a big step from a small village in Tamil Nadu to the grand stage of the Paralympics. Swimmer Murlikant Petkar won the gold medal in 1972 and javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia in 2004. [7] 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 Salem district. I am not facing any issue as far as my training is concerned," he said. CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu's Mariyappan Thangavelu was among the four athletes to have been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on Tuesday. His achievements and life are now being made in to a film titled “Mariyappan” by director Aishwaryaa Dhanush. Mariyappan Thangavelu won gold for India in the men's high jump T42 event at the Paralympic Games in Rio. "[3], Mariyappan enjoyed playing volleyball as a student; subsequently, his school physical education instructor encouraged him to try high jumping. [8], Following his Paralympic triumph, Mariyappan used some of his prize money to buy his mother a paddy field, so his family could enjoy a more stable source of income, and also used his winnings to build a better house for his family,[10] depositing the remaining sums in an account. [3] At the age of five, Mariyappan suffered permanent disability in his right leg when he was run over by a drunk bus driver while walking to school; the bus crushed his leg below the knee, causing it to become stunted. It was the 15th summer Paralympic Games and was the second most attended Paralympic Games in history. Thangavelu was 18 then. His target is to win another gold and create a world record in his event in Tokyo Paralympics (24 August to 5 September, 2021) by clearing the 2-metre mark. [8] In 2015, he completed a bachelor's degree in business administration from AVS College of Arts and Science. Tara Sutaria does boho chic street style right in a BREEZY ethnic set: Yay or Nay? [5] He was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in the year 2020 by Government of India. [12] On 7 December, he was offered a Group A post as a coach with the Sports Authority of India. "I train twice a day, 7-9 in morning and 4-6 in evening. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. Bengaluru: Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma is among the four sportspersons recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honour of the country. NEW DELHI: Star cricketer Rohit Sharma and decorated woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat were among the four athletes recommended on Tuesday for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award -- the country's highest sporting honour. In 2018, he was also made a coach by the SAI, giving him a Group A post. Rohit Sharma, Vinesh Phogat, Manika Batra And Mariyappan Thangavelu Recommended For Khel Ratna This year’s National Sports Awards ceremony will likely be held virtually due to … Mariyappan Thangavelu (born 28 June 1995)[1] is an Indian Paralympic high jumper. On 25 January 2017, Government of India announced "Padma Shri" award for his contribution towards sports[4] and in the same year he was also awarded Arjuna Award. Thangavelu, who also won a bronze in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, is currently training at the Sports Authority of India's Bengaluru centre to prepare for Tokyo Paralympics next year. I never thought I would reach this far," said Thangavelu who hails from Salem district in Tamil Nadu. From selling newspapers to being awarded the Khel Ratna, it has been quite a ride for Paralympic gold-medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu, who still gets goosebumps thinking about how sport changed his life in more ways than one. Rio de Janerio, Sep 10: India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu created history on Saturday morning by winning a gold medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics. He said he had requested help from the Tamil Nadu government, but had not received a reply. 2021 Jeep Compass facelift launch on January 27, here are important details you should know, Taapsee Pannu Does Push-ups on the Rann of Kutch Like an 'Enthu Tourist for Random Video', 'Daughters' Heads Cracked Open, Father in Trance': Andhra Cops Reveal Shocking Details from Crime Spot, Robert De Niro, John Boyega to lead Netflix's 'The Formula', 'Pogba would want to create a legacy' - Ferdinand confident midfielder will stay at Man Utd if they win the title, As he calls for 'Made in America,' Joe Biden prefers Swiss-made Rolex, How To Do Vrikshasana Or Tree Pose Of Yoga To Start Your Day, It's been 20 years since 'The Wedding Planner' premiered and rom-coms are still making the mistake of romanticizing unavailable men. 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