Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Mariyappan Thangavelu bags a silver and, Sharad Kumar wins bronze in men's high jump T63

The defending champion Thangavelu cleared the mark of 1.86m while Sam Grewe made a high jump of 1.88m and won the gold medal and Kumar made his best effort with a jump of 1.83m.

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The medal streak is on for India at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Adding to the list of medals, Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar have won silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the men's high jump T63 event. It is the first time that India's medal tally has gone to double digits, breaking the records of previous editions.

The defending champion Thangavelu cleared the mark of 1.86m while Sam Grewe made a high jump of 1.88m and won the gold medal. Kumar made his best effort with a jump of 1.83m, athletes participating in the T63 category should classify based on impaired lower limb/s affected by limb deficiency and leg length difference. The participants can use prosthetics to compete in the games.

While giving this news to the world, the official account of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 tweeted, "Just as at Rio 2016, #IND have two athletes in the podium places in Men's High Jump T63 Final! Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar have won #silver and #bronze medals respectively, taking's medal tally into double figures!  #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics #ParaAthletics".

Thangavelu has a permanent disability in his right leg as it was crushed under a bus when he was five years old. Sharad suffered paralysis in his left leg when he was two years old after being administered a spurious polio vaccine.