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Varun Singh Bhati
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Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 23)
Residence Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Country  India
Sport Para Athletics
Disability Poliomyelitis
Disability class A2
Event(s) High Jump T42

Varun Singh Bhati is a para high jumper from India. Having afflicted by Poliomyelitis at young age, he joined sports during school days. He had won several medals in international events including bronze at 2016 Summer Paralympic Games and 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.

Early life

Varun Singh Bhati is born on 13 February 1995 to Hem Singh Bhati. He was afflicted by Poliomyelitis at young age. His sport talent was recognized when he was in his school, St Josephs School, Greater Noida. He studied B.Sc. Maths (Hons) from Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi. Since 2014, he is coached by Satyanarayana, a former national athlete. Varun is supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme.[1][2] He lives in Greater Noida. He currently trains at the Sports Authority of India in Bangalore.[3]


He has T42 disability. He received attention in 2012 when he registered the 'A' qualification mark for the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London with a performance of 1.60m. However owing to limited slots available to India, he failed to qualify for 2012 Games.[3][4]

He participated in the 2014 Asian Para Games at Incheon, Korea where he stood 5th. He won a gold medal at the 2014 China Open Athletics Championship the same year. In 2015, he stood 5th again at the 2015 Para World Championship in Doha, Qatar. He recorded a jump of 1.82m at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship where he won a gold as well as set a new Asian Record.[3][5]

He won the bronze medal in the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when he jumped 1.86 meters, his personal best.[3][6] He won the bronze in the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships by clearing 1.77m jump.[7]

He won silver medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games recording the jump of 1.82 meters.[8].


Varun Singh Bhati being awarded the Arjuna Award (2017) by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 29 August 2017

Bhati was awarded the Arjuna Award on 29 August 2018.[9]

He was voted Para-athlete of the Year 2017 at the Times of India Sports Awards.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Varun Bhati". Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  2. ^ "GoSports Foundation".
  3. ^ a b c d "Varun Singh Bhati overcame obstacles to clinch bronze at Paralympics". The Times of India. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Varun Bhati makes the cut in high jump for Paralympics". HighBeam Research. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ "(Athletics) Athlete Profile : BHATI Varun Singh - Dubai 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships". International Paralympic Committee. 13 February 1995. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Rio Paralympics: Mariyappan Thangavelu wins gold, Varun Bhati clinches bronze in men's high jump". The Times of India. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Silver for Sharad Kumar, Bronze for Varun Bhati at World Para Athletics Championship". The Indian Express. 2017-07-23. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  8. ^ "Varun bhati smashes Silver in 2018 Asian Para Games at jakarta". Indian Express. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Para high jumper Varun Bhati to get Arjuna Award". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  10. ^ "varun-bhati-voted-para-athlete-of-the-year". Times of India.
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