Mariyappan Thangavelu began his career as a newspaper vendor before winning Gold in the men's high jump at the Rio Paralympics and receiving the coveted Khel Ratna Award in 2020.
Sharad Kumar is a Gold medal contender for India in the Paralympics in Tokyo. Sharad Kumar is presently the World Number One high jumper in the T42 category.
Barshim, the event's defending world champion, inquired the official, "Can we have two golds?" to which the official responded with, "It's possible, yes."