New Delhi: India registered its name in the medals tally at the Rio Paralympics 2016 when Mariyappan Thangavelu won a gold medal in the T42 High Jump event at the Rio Paralympics.
Thangavelu, who was lauded by the nation over his performance at Rio, has decided to donate Rs 30 lakh from his Rs 2 crore prize money to the government school which he attended as a student.
Paralympics gold winner, Mariyappan Thangavelu, was showered by love from the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who announced a cash prize of Rs 2 crore to the Olympian.
In a press release issued by the Tamil Nadu government, CM said, that she was “delighted to learn” that Thangavelu, who hails from the state’s Salem district, became the first Indian to win a medal in the High Jump event at the Rio Paralympics by registering a best mark of 1.89 metres. The 21-year-old’s gold was also India’s third in Paralympics history.
Apart from re-writing history by becoming the first Indian at the Paralympics to clinch a gold, the gold-hearted, Thangavelu, has also become the first Olympian to donate from his prize money.