Para Athlete Deepa Malik on September 12 created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. She won silver in the shotput F-53 event.
Deepa’s 4.61m throw in Paralympics not only put her in history books but also secured for India its third medal in the ongoing Rio Paralympic Games.
Gold medal in the shotput F-53 event was won by Fatema Nedham of Bahrain who’s best throw was of 4.76m, while Bronze went to Dimitra Korokida of Greece with a throw of 4.28m.
With this win, Deepa secured cash award of Rs 4 crore under Haryana Sports Scheme and is expected to receive more awards in the coming days.
Deepa is paraplegic and is paralysed from the waist down. Wife of an Army officer, she lost her ability to walk 17 years ago due to a spinal tumor.