It was a proud and a historic moment for the country, when Deepa Malik , from Haryana put up a great show in Rio De Janerio (Brazil) to clinch the silver medal in the Women’s Shot Put F-53 Event in the ongoing Rio Paralympics, becoming the first ever Indian woman to win a medal in the history of the Paralympics.
The 45-year-old , mommy of two finished second, delivering her personal best of 4.61 metres in one of the six attempts that she made, confirming her silver medal.
The gold was won by Fatema Nedham of Bahrain, where as Dimitra Kolokida of Greece , finished third , clinching the bronze medal.
The 2012 Arjuna Awardee, Deepa Malik, would be receiving a cash reward of a whopping Rs. 4 Crores under the Haryana Sports Scheme.
Despite being paraplegic (paralyzed from waist down), nothing could keep her from achieving a feat as high as this. Malik is a true champion and goes on to prove that no disability is bigger than your dreams , and moreover your will to accomplish those dreams. After the silver won by her, India stands at the 37th position in the tournament with a total of 3 medals , a gold , a silver as well as a bronze.
Earlier , on Saturday , Indian high jumpers , Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati secured the first and third position, winning the gold and bronze respectively in the Men’s High Jump T-42 Event.
Written by : Sagar Malik