While Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89 metres, Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86 metres to finish third. India's other medal prospect Sharad Kumar finished at number six. USA's Sam Grewe bagged the silver medal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning a gold medal in the men's high jump T-42 event and Varun Singh Bhati for clinching the bronze medal at the Rio Paralympics.

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Meanwhile, Indian powerlifter Farman Basha missed out on a medal as he finished fourth in the men's 49kg event. Basha managed a best lift of 140kg in three attempts to miss the medal.

Cong van Le, who set a world record with a successful lift of 181 kg, won the gold medal while Omar Qarada of Jordan claimed the silver medal.

Hungary's Nandor Tunkel settled for a bronze medal. Basha is a former bronze-medallist from the 2010 Asian Para Games.

His medal was upgraded to silver after the original winner flunked a dope test.

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