On Monday, Deepa Malik became India’s first woman to ever win a medal at the Paralympics. She created history with her personal best throw of 4.61m in women’s shot put, clinching the silver medal.
She is a paraplegic – paralysed from the waist down. Seventeen years ago, a spinal tumour had limited her to a wheelchair, and since then, she has been unable to walk. But, her disabilities didn’t abstain her from following her dreams and today, she is India’s oldest athlete to win an Olympic medal.
Soon after her win, she shared an emotional message thanking her coaches, fans, and family:
— Deepthi Bopaiah (@DeepthiBopaiah) September 13, 2016
Bollywood and sports fraternity commended her on her achievement:
— Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) September 12, 2016
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 12, 2016
T 2377 –#DeepaMalik .. you made all India proud by winning the Silver at the ParaOlympics .. Such an emotion to see the Tiranga go up !
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 12, 2016
Sehwag has always something special to say:
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 12, 2016
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) September 12, 2016
— CMO Madhya Pradesh (@CMMadhyaPradesh) September 13, 2016
Sehwag’s parody account could not have said anything better:
— Viru Fan Club (@VirenderrSehwag) September 12, 2016