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Mariyappan Thangavelu to be flagbearer in Paralympics closing ceremony

September 13, 2016

M Thangavelu, who became the third Indian to clinch a gold medal in the Paralympics, will be India's flag-bearer at the closing ceremony of the Rio Games on 18 September.

Thangavelu, who lost his right leg when he was five years old to a speeding bus, won the gold medal in the T-42 High Jump event with a best effort of 1.89 m.

He beat world champion Sam Grewe of the US. The T-42 classification is for athletes with lower limb deficiency, leg length difference, reduced muscle power or weakened range of movement.

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