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A glorious victory for Deepa Malik at Rio Paralympics



A glorious victory for Deepa Malik at Rio Paralympics

Deepa Malik became the first woman from India to win a medal at Paralympics. She procured the silver medal in the shot put F-53 event at the Rio Paralympics. India has attained three medals in Rio Paralympics so far.Deepa claimed the silver medal with a best throw of 4.61m from six attempts. Fatema Nedham from Bahrain fetched the gold medal with a best throw of 4.76m. Greece’s Dimitra Korokida secured the bronze medal with a best throw of 4.28m.

Apart from shot put, Deepa also has proved her mastery in wimming and javelin throw. She has bagged medals in swimming at international competitions. She also owns the Asian record in javelin throw. She secured silver medals in shot put and discus in 2011. She also won two gold medals in the discus and javelin events at the first Malaysian Open Athletics Championship that was held in April 2012.

Deepa is married to an army officer and has two children. She lost her ability to walk due to a tumour in her spine. She had to undergo 31 surgeries to treat her spinal tumour but could not retain her ability to walk and was confined to wheel chair.

Deepa Malik commented on her Rio victory and said that she is proud of her accomplishment. She also intends to use her medal to support the woman in India who is dealing with different disabilties.