On Monday, September 12, Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first-ever Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games.
Deepa Malik won the silver medal in the women’s shot put F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Deepa’s best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal.
India, thus, now have secured three medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympics – 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal.
Bahrain’s Fatema Nedham won the gold medal with a best throw of 4.76m, while Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged the bronze medal with a throw of 4.28m.
Deepa Malik is a paraplegic, paralysed from waist down and mother of two and wife of an Army officer. Life took a twist when a spinal tumour made walking impossible for her 17 years ago.
The spinal tumour had to be operated and 31 surgeries were conducted on Deepa which was healed after 183 stitches between her waist and legs.