Heydays for women athletes in the country continue as they keep achieving unprecedented successes at the world’s biggest sports event- Olympics. Deepa Malik, a para-Athlete from Haryana, has become the first woman to win a medal in Paralympic after clinching silver in women’s shot put-F53 at Rio 2016 Paralympics, a media report said.
Malik secured silver with a throw of 4.61m, her personal best. This achievement will bring joy to a medal-starved nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Malik on her historic success. “Well done @DeepaAthlete! Your silver at the #Paralympics makes the nation very proud. Congratulations. #Rio2016,” PM Modi tweeted.
The recipient of precedence Arjuna award in 2012, Malik became paralyzed by successive spinal tumours in the late ’90s. But she decided to challenge the odds by becoming a super athlete.
Embarking on her sports career in her late 30s, she dazzled the athletic fraternity by winning 58 state and national level honours, 17 international awards and breaking two Asian world records for javelin. She also set a Limca record for driving eight consecutive days across the high Himalayas at 18,000ft despite serious medical challenges.