Two athletes — Thangavelu Mariyappan of Tamil Nadu and Varun Singh Bhati of Noida won the gold and bronze medals respectively in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced a reward of Rs. 2 crore to the first Indian to win a gold medal in the high jump event in Paralympics. 

About Paralympic Games 
The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities. Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The Paralympic Games are organized in parallel with the Olympic Games.