India win first medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda, 24-year old Paralympic athlete from Hosanagara in Hassan district of Karnataka, who has an impairment in his left leg, gave his best shot to sail over height of 1.74m using scissors technique in the final of Men's High Jump F42 category to win India's first medal in the presence of 80000 capacity crowd at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in London today (3rd Sept).

Girish won Silver medal behind Iliesa Delana of Fiji who won the event with 1.74m. Lukasz Mamczarz of Poland took Bronze medal clearing height of 1.74m

He owes his success to his two coaches Satyanaryana, treasurer of Athletics Federation of India and Ukrainian jumping coach Nikitin who is working with India's elite jumpers at Sports Authority of India's Bangalore training centre. Girish was supported by Samarthanam, Bangalore-based NGO for the disabled since 2008.

Girish took part in the three week long Pre-Games Training Camp at Basildon Sporting Village supported by Govt. of India which helped him to get used of the London weather conditions and focus on technique improvements. He received an excellent physiotherapy and massage support which enabled him to undergo extensive training sessions under watchful eyes of his coach Satyanarayana.

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