Tokyo Paralympics: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur Felicitates Silver Medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu
Tokyo Paralympics: Mariyappan Thangavelu won silver in the men's high jump T63 event and was felicitated by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.
- Mariyappan Thangavelu won a silver medal at the Paralympics
- He was disappointed at not winning gold in the T63 high jump event
- He registered a best jump of 1.86m
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday felicitated Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu, who was disappointed at not winning a gold. Mariyappan, who won a gold in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, bagged a silver this time around in T63 category with a best jump of 1.86m. Another Indian, Sharad Kumar took the bronze with a best jump of 1.83m. "Mariyyapan has made the country proud with his performance in Rio and now in Tokyo. I congratulate him and take this occasion to congratulate all our para athletes for their fantastic performance," Thakur said in a statement.
Mariyappan, on his part, said, "I had expected to win a gold for India but due to the weather conditions on the day of the event, I could not fulfil that dream. I am confident that in Paris I will win gold for the country again."