Mariyappan Thangavelu wins silver in High Jump at Tokyo Paralympics


Rio Paralympics gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu settled for silver in the men’s high jump T42/T63 class after recording a jump of 1.86m at the Tokyo Paralympics on Tuesday. India's Sharad Kumar, the Asian Games champion, won bronze medal on Tuesday, taking India's tally to 10 medals.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced a Rs 2 crore cash prize for Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu.

"Both India and Tamil Nadu are overwhelmed with happiness for the continuous medals by Mariyappan Thangavelu. To appreciate, Tamil Nadu government announces a reward of Rs 2 crore for Mariyappan Thangavelu," tweeted Stalin.

Meanwhile, after his medal-winning performance, PM Modi had a word of encouragement for the 26-year-old. “PM sir called me after the event and congratulated me in Tamil. I am happy that he is encouraging us like this,” said the silver-medallist.