MEDAL WINNERS FROM INDIA

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Varun Singh Bhati

Varun Singh Bhati (born 13 February 1995) is a para high jumper from India. He was afflicted by poliomyelitis at a young age, and joined sports during his school days. He has won several medals in international events including bronze at 2016 Summer Paralympic Games and 2017 World Para Athletics Championships. Early life Varun Singh Bhati was born on 13 February 1995 to Hem Singh Bhati. He was afflicted by poliomyelitis at young age. His sport talent was recognized when he was at St Josephs School, Greater Noida. He studied B.Sc. Maths (Hons) from Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi. Since 2014, he has been coached by Satyanarayana, a former national athlete. Bhati is supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme. He lives in Greater Noida. He currently trains at the Sports Authority of India in Bangalore. Career Bhati has T42 disability. He received attention in 2012 when he registered the 'A' qualification mark for the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London with a performance of 1.60 m. However, owing to limited slots available to India, he failed to qualify for the 2012 Games. He participated in the 2014 Asian Para Games at Incheon, Korea where he stood 5th. He won a gold medal at the 2014 China Open Athletics Championship the same year. In 2015, he stood 5th again at the 2015 Para World Championship in Doha, Qatar. He recorded a jump of 1.82 m at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship where he won a gold as well as set a new Asian record. Bhati won the bronze medal in the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when he jumped 1.86 m, his personal best. He won the bronze in the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships by clearing a 1.77 m jump. He won a silver medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games, recording a jump of 1.82 m. Awards Bhati was awarded the Arjuna Award on 29 August 2018.

 

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