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Dipa Karmakar hails Paralympic medal winners Thangavelu Mariyappan, Varun Bhati

other-sports Updated: Sep 12, 2016 08:31 IST
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India's Mariyappan Thangavelu (L) and Bhati Varun Singh celebrate their gold and bronze medals. (AFP Photo)

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed out on an Olympic medal by a whisker in Rio de Janeiro recently, showered praise on Thangavelu Mariyappan and Varun Singh Bhati for winning gold and bronze in the Paralympics.

“You have achieved something what I could not. I would have loved to meet both of you in person,” Dipa said in her congratulatory message.

Dipa’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi said: “Proud to be an Indian. You (Mariyappan and Bhati) have made us proud.”

India’s national anthem was finally played at the medal ceremony in Rio after 21-year-old Mariyappan of Tamil Nadu won the gold in men’s high jump T-42 event at the Paralympics by jumping a personal best of 1.89 metres.

Noida lad Bhati also secured a personal best of 1.86m in the same event to win a bronze as India for the first time had two members on the podium.