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September 13, 2016

1st Indian Woman to win Paralympics Medal : Deepa Malik

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Indian athlete from Sonipat, Deepa Malik today won the  Silver medal in the F-53 shot put​ event at Rio Paralympics 2016. With this medal win, she has became India's first female Paralympic Medallist. She is an accomplished swimmer, adventure sports player, and biker. Moreover, she has 54 national gold medals and 13 international medals in various sports including swimming, javelinthrow and shot put.

Important Points to Note about Deepa Malik :
  • She is the first Indian woman to win a medal at Paralympics,
  • She has 4 Limca Adventure Records to her name. 
    • This includes crossing a 1km stretch of the Yamuna river against the current, riding 58km on a special bike, doing the longest pan-India drive by a paraplegic woman, and driving across nine high altitude passes in nine days in Ladakh.
  • She was the oldest ever recipient of the Arjuna award in 2012 at 42 years of age.
  • Note : A spinal tumour left Deepa paraplegic and confined her to a wheelchair in 1999.
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