Mariyappan Thangavelu Wiki, Biography, Age, Family and Success Story


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

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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.

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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.

Mariyappan Thangavelu Career

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

Name Mariyappan Thangavelu
Nickname Mariyappan
Profession Indian Paralympic high jumper, Athlete
Date of Birth 28 June 1995
Age 22
Hometown Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Married No
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.

Mariyappan Thangavelu Biography

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)

Mariyappan Thangavelu Images

Mariyappan Thangavelu in Rio Paralympics 2016

Mariyappan Thangavelu in Rio Paralympics 2016

Mariyappan Thangavelu in Rio Paralympics 2016

Mariyappan Thangavelu in Rio Paralympics 2016

Mariyappan Thangavelu won gold medal in Rio Paralympics 2016

Mariyappan Thangavelu and three other champions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Mariyappan Thangavelu and three other champions with Sachin Tendulkar

Mariyappan Thangavelu with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Mariyappan Thangavelu Celebration after Rio Paralympics 2016

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