Mariyappan Thangavelu is an Indian Paralympic high jumper who won the gold medal in Rio Paralympics 2016. He represented India by winning the gold medal in the finals at the Summer Paralympic Games 2016 held in Rio de Janeiro in the men’s high jump T-42 category. Also, he is India’s first Paralympian gold medallist since 2004. On 25 January 2017, Government of India declared “Padma Shri” award for his contribution towards his game. Check out Mariyappan Thangavelu Wiki, Biography, Age, Family and Sucess Story
Mariyappan Thangavelu Profile
Mariyappan Thangavelu was born on 28 June 1995 in Periavadagampatti village in Salem district, Tamil Nadu. Mariyappan completed his bachelor degree at 2015 in business administration from AVS College of Arts and Science. He thinks to complete an MBA course from the same institution. He lived a normal life with his mother Saroja, and he also has an elder sister Sudha and two younger brothers named Kumar and Gopi.
Mariyappan Thangavelu Career
When he was a school student, Volleyball is the first game which he usually played. And his School Physical Education Instructor inspired him to try high jumping. In the age of 14, he played the first event and placed second among a field of able-bodied competitors.
He achieved by the encouragements of his schoolmates, classmates, and even some peoples of Salem district. In 2013, he started his training with his current coach Mr.Satyanarayana, who supported the Sports Academy of India for differently-abled. He first noticed his performance at the Indian National para-athletics championships. And he took him on as a student in 2015 and bringing him to Bengaluru for additional coaching.
In March 2016, Mariyappan qualified for the Rio Paralympics by clearing the distance of 1.8m i.e. 5ft and 10 inches in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia. At last, he won the gold medal at Rio Paralympics in the men’s high jump T-42 event, with the leap of 1.89m i.e. 6feet and 2inch.
Recently, the Tamil film industry started to make his success story as a movie to inspire the people. Director Aishwaryaa Dhanush is making a film about this life and achievements, the film titled as Mariyappan.
Mariyappan Thangavelu Biography
|Profession||Indian Paralympic high jumper, Athlete|
|Date of Birth||28 June 1995|
|Hometown||Salem, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Current City||Salem, Tamil Nadu, India|
Mariyappan Thangavelu Personal Life
Mariyappan Thangavelu is one of six children (four brothers and a sister). His father reportedly left the family early on, and his mother, Saroja, supported her children by carrying bricks as a labourer. Later she becomes a vegetable seller and earning ₹100 a day.
At the age of five, while Mariyappan is walking to school, a drunken bus driver crushed his leg under the knee and he was run over, stunt had fixed in that time. He completed secondary schooling even he injured. He simply says, “didn’t see me as different from able-bodied kids.”
Read also Success Story of Mariyappan Thangavelu | An Indian Paralympic High Jumper
Awards and Recognition
- In 2017, Government of India declared “Padma Shri” award for his contribution and also for fourth highest Indian national honour.
- Government of Tamil Nadu honoured with ₹2 crore (US$310,000)
- Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports honoured with ₹75 lakh (US$120,000)
- Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment honoured with ₹30 lakh (US$47,000)
- Fund established from Sachin Tendulkar and various corporations with ₹15 lakh (US$23,000)
- Yash Raj Films honoured with ₹10 lakh (US$16,000)
- Delhi Golf Club honoured with ₹10 lakh (US$16,000)
- NRI businessman Mukkattu Sebastian honoured with ₹5 lakh (US$7,800)