Making up for India’s dismal run at the Rio Olympics, athletes at the Paralympics are putting their best foot forward to make the country proud. After Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati gave podium finishes to India, another athlete, Deepa Malik, tripled the joy of fans as she bagged a silver medal in Women's Shot Put - F53 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games.
The Shotputter clinched the silver with her personal best throw of 4.61 metres.
With this accomplishment, Deepa has become India’s first female athlete to have won a medal at the Rio Paralympics. Overall, she is the third Indian medallist at the Games.
Two days ago, Mariyappan Thangavelu created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the gold medal in the men’s T42 High Jump event of the Games in Rio de Janeiro while his compatriot Varun Bhati won the bronze medal in the same category.
Thangavelu clinched the gold thanks to his excellent jump of 1.89m while Bhati won the bronze registered his personal best mark with a jump of 1.86m. The silver went to American Sam Grewe.
The Sports Ministry had announced that Indian gold medallists from the Paralympic Games will be awarded Rs 75 lakh, the silver medallists will get Rs 50 lakh while Rs30 lakh will be given to the bronze medallists.