Rio Paralympics : Deepa Malik wins silver

deepa-malikIndia’s Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shot put F-53 event.

Deepa’s best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts clinched the silver.

India has now secured 3 medals from the Games. She will receive a cash award of Rs.4 crore under Haryana Sports Scheme for her feat.

Deepa is a paraplegic, paralysed from the waist down, and the mother of two and wife of an Army officer.

A spinal tumour made walking impossible for her 17 years ago.

Deepa has also participated in the javelin throw, swimming, and has been a motivational speaker. She holds the Asian record in javelin throw and also has World Championships silver medals in shot put and discuss in 2011.

Deepa’s silver is India’s third medal of the Games after Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati won gold and bronze in the men’s high jump.