Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016

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Paralympic in Rio de Janeiro 2016

Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games is an international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical disabilities. Covering impaired muscle power(e.g. paraplegia and quadriplegia, Post-polio syndrome, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida), reduced the passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, hypertonia, ataxia, short stature, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual disability.

India at the Paralympics

In 2016 India played at the Summer Paralympics  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 to 18 September 2016. Indian players have appeared in every version of the Summer Paralympic Games since 1968.

On August 8, 2016, Paralympic Committee of India announced a list of 19 competitors in which 16 Men and 3 Women to be part of Rio Paralympic games 2016 for India in 5 sports.

India has sent the largest delegation in the history of summer Paralympic games 19 competitors in 5 sports. India best performance in the history of the Paralympic summer games with a total of 4 medals won 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze with Devendra Jhajharia breaking the World Record to win a gold medal at Paralympics.


Medal  Name/Team Games
1. 01 ! Gold Mariyappan Thangavelu 2016 Rio de Janeiro
2. 01 ! Gold Devendra Jhajharia 2016 Rio de Janeiro
3. 02 ! Silver Deepa Malik 2016 Rio de Janeiro
4. 03 ! Bronze Varun Bhati 2016 Rio de Janeiro

Introduction Of Winners

[1] Mariyappan Thangavelu


Mariyappan Thangavelu is an Indian Paralympic high jumper. He represented India at the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro in the men high jump T-42 category, winning the gold medal in the finals. He is India first Paralympian gold medallist since 2004.


Early Life

Mariyappan was born on 28 June 1995 in Periavadagampatti village, Salem district, Tamil Nadu. His father reportedly abandoned the family early on, and his mother raised her children as a single mother, carrying bricks as a laborer until becoming a vegetable seller, earning ₹100 a day.

At the age of five, Mariyappan suffers permanent disability in his right leg when he runs over by a drunk bus driver while Mariyappan is going to school the bus broke his leg below the knee, causing it to become stunted. Despite this setback, he completed secondary school; he says he “didn’t see me as different from non-disabled kids.

[2] Devendra Jhajharia


Devendra is an Indian Paralympic javelin thrower playing in F46 events. The first Indian Paralympian to win two gold medals at the Paralympics.
In 2014, He won his first gold in the javelin throw Paralympics in Athens, becoming the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country.
In 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won a second gold medal in the same event, bettering his previous record. The GoSports Foundation currently supports Devendra through the Para Champions Programme.

India's Devendra Jhajharia competes in the men's javelin throw F46 final of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Jhajharia won gold and set a new world record. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Early Life
Devendra Jhajharia was born on 10 June 1981 in a Jat Family from the Churu District in Rajasthan.
At the age of 8, while climbing a tree, he touches a live electric cable. He received medical attention, but the doctors were forced to separate his left hand. In 1997 he was spot by Dronacharya Awardee coach R.D. Singh while playing at a school sports day. He gave credit to his coach R.D. Singh for Paralympic Gold Medal 2004, saying: “He gives me a lot of guidance and supports me during my training.

[3] Deepa Malik


Deepa Malik is an Indian athlete. She is the first Indian woman who won a medal in Paralympic Games and won a Silver medal at the Summer Paralympics 2016 in the shot put.

She has won accolades for her participation in different adventure sports. And associated with Federation of the Motor Sports Clubs of India (F.M.S.C.I.) and Himalayan Motorsports Association (H.M.A.). She has undertaken an 8 day, 1700-km drive in sub-zero temperatures which included a climb to the 18000 feet. It Raid De Himalaya. Her journey covers many difficult paths including remote Himalayas, Shimla, Leh, and Jammu.


Deepa was born on 30 September 1970. She is the wife of a veteran Cavalier Colonel Bikram Singh and daughter of a veteran Infantry Colonel BK Nagpal. She is the mother of two daughters- Devika and Ambika.

[4] Varun Singh Bhati


Varun is a Para high jumper from India. He suffered from Poliomyelitis at young age, and he joined sports during school days. He had won several medals in international events including bronze at 2016 Summer Paralympic Games.


Early Life

Varun is born on 13 February 1995 to Hem Singh Bhati. Poliomyelitis afflicted him at the young age. His sports talent was recognized when he was in his school, St Josephs School, Greater Noida. He studied B.Sc. Maths. He is coached by the Satyanarayana, a former national athlete. The GoSports Foundation supports Varun through the Para Champions Programme. He currently trains at the Sports Authority in Bangalore India.