Deepa Malik Wins Gold At World Para Athletics Grand Prix
Silver medallist at the Rio Paralympics, Paralympian Deepa Malik, has added another feather to her cap. She clinched gold in the F53/54 Javelin event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai on Thursday.
With this superb effort, the ecstatic Indian sports star tweeted:
Her stellar performance also secured her a place for the 2018 Asian Para Games to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event will be held from October 8-16.
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Deepa tweeted the good news:
The Padma Shri awardee also secured the No. 1 rank in Asia in F53 Javelin category.
Earlier, the Indian para-athlete, top-scored in the discus throw Asia Ranking 53 category. She secured the second place in the Asian Games combined category event 51/52/53 on the second day of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix.
First Indian woman to make a mark in Paralympics
The 45-year-old attempted her career-best 8.01 metres. Malik made headlines after she bagged the silver medal in the shot put F-53 event for India at Rio Paralympics last year. She is the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. Not only that, Malik is India’s oldest athlete to ever win a medal at the Paralympics. She is also the first female athlete to represent India at the Paralympics, since the country’s debut at the Games in 1968.
Malik, who is paralysed from waist down, has risen above adversities numerous times. The Paralympian has been honoured with the Arjuna award in 2012. She has also been conferred the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2017 for her achievements.
A big salute to Deepa’s never-ending efforts and never-say-die spirit!
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