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Rio Paralympics: India's Deepa Malik scripts history, bags silver in shot put

Deepa will receive a cash award of $600,000 (Rs 4 crore) under Haryana Sports Scheme for her feat. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Nuova Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 12, 2016, 05.36 PM (IST)
India's Deepa Malik bagged a silver medal in the Women's Shot Put at the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games on Monday and became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the games.

Deepa's best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal. She will receive a cash award of $600,000 (Rs 4 crore) under Haryana Sports Scheme for her feat. 

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 is a paraplegic, paralysed from waist down and mother of two and wife of an army officer. 17 years ago, a spinal tumour made walking impossible for her. 

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. 

Deepa, who is a motivational speaker too, has also participated in javelin throw and swimming.

She has also won medals in swimming at international competitions. She holds the Asian record in javelin throw, and also has World Championships silver medals in shot put and discus in 2011.

Deepa’s silver is India’s third medal at Rio Paralympics after Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati won gold and bronze respectively in men’s high jump.  

(WION with inputs from PTI)
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