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- 1 On Saturday, Sharad Kumar alumni of Kirori Mal college cleared a personal best height of 1.84m to win the Silver Medal for India in recent Para World Championship held at London. Also, a 2016 passout student of Maharaja Agrasen College, Varun Singh Bhati making headlines across India after winning the bronze medal in the men’s high jump T – 42 event at the Rio Paralympics. Sharad was Born in Patna, he has done his schooling from St Paul’s School in Darjeeling, 10+2 from Modern School, Barakhamba in Delhi, and masters in political science from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Sharad was two when he was diagnosed with polio. 25 year old Bihari defeats polio and bags silver medal at the World Para Athletics Championship in London. Varun, a resident of Jamalpur village, Greater Noida. He completed his schooling from St Joseph School Greater Noida. He completed B Sc in Mathematics (H) from Maharaja Agrasen College of Delhi University in 2016. He received polio attack in his childhood. He had problems in his left leg due to polio. “However, he always wanted to become an athlete. He got support and encouragement at his home and school. Finally he overcome all difficulties and won bronze medal,” said Varun’s father.
- 2 “It feels good but I thought I’d jump higher than this. I’d come here chasing a gold medal, but I’ll have to make do with silver,” Sharad quoted after the win. However, Bhati seemed quite disappointed with his performance. With a dissatisfied expression he said,” My performance wasn’t the greatest but a medal is a medal. I’m not completely satisfied with my own performance.” Bhati has a problem in his left leg, and because of heavy rains, circulation in his legs become sluggish. Both are one legged jumpers and ground becomes slippery after rain, which hinders their performance.
- 3 -Prachi Agarwal