India’s Deepa Malik won a silver medal in the Women’s Shot Put event at Rio Paralympics Games 2016. She also became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic games. Her throw of 4.61m won her a silver in the shot put F-53 event. In the event, Fatema Nedham of Bahrain won the gold medal with a best throw of 4.76m and Greece’s Dimitra Korokida won bronze with a throw of 4.28m.
Deepa Malik is paralysed waist down and is the mother of two and wife of an Army officer. She is currently supported by GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme. Besides shotput, Deepa has participated in javelin throw, swimming and has also been a motivational speaker. She was awarded the Arjuna Award for her swimming performances. she holds the Asian record in javelin throw and also has World Championship silver medals in shot put and discus in 2011.
Deepa Malik’s Silver was India’s third medal at the Rio Paralympics Games.
India’s tally at this edition of the Paralympics now stands at one gold, one silver and a bronze. after Mariyappan Thangavelu had won gold in the Men’s High Jump T42 category and Varun Bhati taking bronze in the same event on 9 August. Deepa Malik will receive a cash award of Rs 4 crore under the Haryana Sports Scheme for her amazing feat.
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