Narendra Modi wished Deepa Malik for bagging a silver medal in the women’s shot put final event. The Arjuna awardee hails from Haryana’s Sonipat district, who won the medal in the shot-put F-53 final by throwing her personal best of 4.61m at the on-going Paralympic Games.
By doing so, she became India’s first ever woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.
“Well done @DeepaAthlete! Your silver at the Paralympics makes the nation very proud. Congratulations.,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on his Twitter handle.
Deepa finished behind Bahrain’s Fatema Nedham, who won gold with the best throw of 4.76m while Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged bronze with a throw of 4.28m.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 12 September 2016
The 45-year 0ld, will receive a cash award of Rs 4 crore under Haryana Sports Scheme for winning the silver medal. She was confined to a wheelchair in 1999 owing to a spinal tumour which made her paralysed from waist down.
On Deep’s feat, Sports Minister Vijay Goel also took to his Twitter handle to congratulate the para-athlete on her amazing feat saying, ” Congrats to .@DeepaAthlete as she becomes #India’s first ever female #Paralympics medallist, wins silver in Women’s F-53 Shot Put final.”
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) 12 September 2016
She had earlier been shortlisted for India’s delegation to the 2012 London Paralympic Games, but since India had received only 10 spots, she missed her chance as an all-male contingent was sent.