Mariyappan Thangavelu
Country India
Date of Birth 1995-06-28
Age 23 years
Birth Place Tamil Nadu
Major Teams India
Playing Details High Jump T42
Mariyappan Thangavelu, Men's High Jump T42, Athletics
  • Group
    10th Sep, 2:51am
    Jump:1.89m Gold Medal
    WON
  • WON

Achievements

" A " Qualification with 1.78m in the men's high jump T42 event at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia to book Rio Participation.

 

Biography

 

Mariyappan Thangavelu cleared a distance of 1.78m in the men's high jump T42 event at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia to achieve the A Qualification Standard for the Rio Paralympics.March this year, when he cleared a distance of 1.78m in the men's high jump T42 event at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia, he comfortably achieved the A Qualification Standard of 1.60 for the Rio Paralympics.

 

Until a couple of years ago, though, his outlook on life was a whole lot bleaker. Mariyappan was five when an accident in his village of Periavadagampatti, some 50km from Salem, left him with a permanent disability. Mariyappan was on his way to school when a bus swerved dangerously off the road and ran over his right leg, crushing it below the knee. 


His mother, who now sells vegetables to make a living, took out a loan of Rs.3 lakh for his medical treatment trying hard to repay it.

 

Mariyappan liked volleyball, though, and played the sport in school despite his condition. His P.E. master asked him to try his hand at high jump, and in his first competitive event against able-bodied athletes aged 14, he finished second. 


Mariyappan's coach, Satyanarayana, first spotted him at the National para-athletics championships of 2013 and two years later took him under his wing, bringing him to Bengaluru for training.