Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda’s leap of faith. Indian wins Silver in men’s high jump at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Indian tri-colour went up for the first time in the London Paralympics when high jumper H N Girisha, born on the Republic Day in 1988, leapt to a silver medal in the men’s high jump at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday morning.
Girisha, who quit his bank job six months back to focus fully on his training, and the other two medal winners – gold winner Iliesa Delana of Fiji and Lukasz Mamcarz of Poland – all cleared the same height but Girisha lost the gold on count back.
Girisha competing in the F42 class meant for athletes with an impairment that affects their arms or legs, the 24-year-old son of a daily wage labourer, cleared a career-best height of 1.74m to bag the silver medal to make his countrymen and his family proud.