The Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has congratulated Deepa Malik on becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win medal at Paralympics. She won silver medal in the women’s shot put event with a throw of 4.61m at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In a statement issued late in the evening, the Chief Minister said, ” I extend my heartiest congratulations to Deepa Malik who made history at Rio and won silver medal. The daughter of Haryana has done the state and the country proud. If it was Sakshi Malik, who brought the country first medal in wrestling in Olympics, Deepa has become the first woman athlete from India to win a medal in Paralympics. Our daughters are bringing laurels and we are proud of them”, the Chief Minister added.
The 45-year-old Deepa Malik hails from Haryana’s Sonipat district won the medal in the shot-put F-53 final by throwing her personal best of 4.61m at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao) in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
Deepa’s Silver was India’s third medal at the prestigious quadrennial event. Earlier, Thangavelu Mariyappan and Varun Singh Bhati won gold and bronze respectively in the high jump T-42 event. This was Deepa’s 11th overall Indian Medal. She has also won medals in swimming at international competitions.
Deepa, was confined to a wheelchair in 1999 owing to a spinal tumour which made her paralysed from waist down.Under the new sports policy of Haryana, the state government would give her Rs 4 crore for winning silver medal in Paralympics.