Silver At Rio: Haryana’s Deepa Malik Becomes First Indian Woman Paralympic Medallist

Deepa Malik

Despite being paralysed down the chest, India’s Deepa Malik won a silver medal at the Rio Paralympics in the women’s shot put – F53 event today with a personal best throw of 4.61 m.

Born in a Hindu Jat family in Sonipat (Haryana), Deepa became the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympic history.

Previously, Deepa has excelled in many sports, winning numerous national and international medals., fighting against her physical disability. Apart from shot put, Deepa has participated in javelin throw, swimming and has also been a motivational speaker. She has also won medals in swimming at international competitions.

Other medallists in the event were Bahrain’s Nadham Faterna (gold) and Greece’s Korokida Dimitra (bronze).

Making this India’s third medal in the Rio games, Deepa has created history by bagging a silver. Earlier, Tamil Nadu’s Mariyappan scripted history at Rio Paralympics by winning a gold medal in high jump while Varun Singh Bhati secured a bronze in the T-42 event.

A total of 19 Indian athletes feature in 10 disciplines at the Games.