Two golds, one silver, one bronze: India’s best show at Paralympics

Four medals, including two golds, one silver and one bronze medal, make Rio Paralympics the best Games for India since debut.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 14, 2016 6:33 pm
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The Indian contingent for the Rio 2016 Paralympics has bagged four medals so far. Out of the four, India has two gold, one silver and one bronze medals which is by far the country’s best show at Paralympic history. Also, this is the first time a woman has won a medal for India at the Games.

Deepa Malik won the silver medal in the shot put event and claimed the distinction of being the first Indian woman to win Paralympic medal. The two gold medals have given everyone back home a reason to cheer after a dismal show from the Indian athletes at the Olympic Games that were held in August in Rio. India could manage only two medals from the Rio Games.

Devender Jhajharia won the gold medal in men’s javelin throw with a world record. He broke his own record that he set at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Ever since it made its debut at the Paralympics in 1968, India have win the four medals for the second time. Back in 1984 Games, India had won four nedals. But it didn’t win gold.

Joginder Singh Bedi had won silver in shot put and followed it up with a pair of bronze winning performances in the discus and Javelin throws.

In 1972, Murlikant Petk won India’s first medal at the Paralympics. He won a gold medal in the men’s freestyle swimming event in which he broke the world record.

But two gold medals in these Games make this a better Paralympics than ever before.