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His success as a javelin thrower — made tougher against the backdrop of financial disabilities — is testament to his willpower and physical prowess.

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In March this year, when Mariyappan Thangavelu cleared a distance of 1. The fact that the silver medal winner at the World Championships also jumped a distance of 1. Mariyappan was five when an accident in his village of Periavadagampatti, some 50km from Salem, left him with a permanent disability. Never seeing himself as different from able-bodied kids, he continued to participate in competitive sports. Para-athlete Sunder Singh Gujjar has braved odds with a smile. Till November , Sunder was competing in the general category and even won a junior national gold.

But then he lost his left hand in an accident. Today, he is a bright medal prospect for India at the Rio Paralympics. The result was complete paralysis below the waist. Dharambir became familiar with para sports in and took to Club Throw under the guidance of his mentor and fellow para athlete Amit Kumar Saroha. At Rio, she is bidding to get India its first medal in Paralympics shot put. Not willing to spend the rest of her life in a closed room, this fighter decided to chase her dreams despite her condition. Deepa won the Arjuna Award in for her performance in swimming. She has 54 national gold medals and 13 international medals in various sports, including swimming, javelin throw and shot put.

With every major event bringing out a world-class performance from her, this Haryana girl has rapidly graduated to being a force to reckon with. Ankur Dhama will become the first blind Indian athlete to participate at the Paralympics when he competes in the m event at Rio. Arjuna Award recipient Farman Basha is not a household name. This despite the fact that the Paralympic powerlifter has represented India at various major events, including three Paralympics, across the globe in the last 16 years.

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Undeterred, Farman, the only athlete from Karnataka at the Games, is all set to represent the country yet again in Rio. The seventh of 12 children, tragedy struck Farman at a young age when he became polio-afflicted as a toddler. But far from letting his condition dictate his life, Farman persevered and worked his way up, developing an interest in hitting the gym and, later, in power lifting.

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In fact, such has been his prowess in the sport that Farman has competed and won medals even at competitions meant for able-bodied athletes. Never one to give up, the year-old is hoping to make the country proud in Rio. As a young boy, Rinku lost his left arm in an accident involving a fan blade. Still only 17 and facing the prospect of a selection trial against more established competitors to confirm his qualification for Rio, Rinku sprang a surprise and became one of five Indian javelin throwers from India to secure qualification for the Paralympic Games.

Born to a farming family near Sonepat in Haryana, Narender lost his parents in an accident when he was 3 years old and was almost entirely brought up by his grandmother. Narender has had a deformity in his left leg since birth. Initially a runner, Narender had to give up athletics due to chronic back problems.

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His passion for sport saw him quickly switch to javelin throw and he has not looked back since. After taking to javelin throw, Narender has been consistently performing at the highest level. He finished 6th at the London Paralympics in , after which he narrowly missed out on a medal at the World Championships in Lyon, finishing 4th.

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However, tragedy struck when an year-old Suyash touched a loose electric wire and received a massive electric shock, which resulted in both hands being amputated just short of his elbow. The current world no. The only athlete to participate in two events at the Rio Paralympics, army man Virender made India proud by bagging a gold medal in the World Army Games in South Korea in He competed in Beijing and has improved so much in four years he now has a serious shot at the gold.

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The young runner is stepping up to the biggest stage of all after making a big impact in the m sprint. He knocked 0. By Mirror. Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice.

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