Meet Deepa Malik! First Indian woman to win a silver medal at Rio Paralympics

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New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Rio Paralympics. Malik hefted the shot put 4.61 m away from her wheelchair. Paralysed from the chest down, 45-year-old Malik is the poster girl of the Paralympic movement. Deepa had been active in sports, representing Rajasthan in cricket and basketball. She insisted on playing even though she suffered from a tumor in her spinal column that caused her to suffer paralytic strokes, first at the age of eight and then once again when she was 26 years old. Deepa began training in the javelin and shot put in 2006. In 2010 Commonwealth Games, Deepa finished sixth in her category in the shot put. A bronze at the 2010 Para Asian Games was followed by silver at the Para Asian Games in 2014. Deepa subsequently became a navigator and driver in the Raid-de-Himalaya 2009 and Desert Storm 2010.

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