India’s Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics today. She gave India their first silver medal in the shot put event of the 2016 Rio Paralympics after finishing second in the women’s shot put F53 final.
Her throw of 4.61m was the best in her six attempts. With the win, she confirmed India’s third medal from the Rio Paralympics. Bahrain’s Fatema Needham took the gold with a best throw of 4.76m while Dimitra Korokida of Greece took bronze with a best throw of 4.28m.
Despite being paralysed down the chest, Deepa has excelled in many sports winning numerous national and international medals.
She is a paraplegic, paralysed from waist down and mother of two and wife of an Army officer. Life took a twist when a spinal tumor made walking impossible 17 years ago.
Apart from shotput, Deepa has participated in the javelin throw, swimming and has also been a motivational speaker. She has also won medals in swimming at international competitions.
Thangavelu Mariyappan of Tamil Nadu had won the gold in men’s high jump T-42 event by jumping a personal best of 1.89m while Varun Singh Bhati also secured a personal best of 1.86m in the same event to win a bronze.