Deepa Malik became the first Indian womanon to win a silver medal in the women's shot put final event at Rio Paralympics 2016, on 12 September.
The 45-year-old athlete 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.
By this feat, she became the country's first ever woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.
Fatema Nedham of Bahrain won the gold medal with the best throw of 4.76m while Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged the bronze medal with a throw of 4.28m.
This was Deepa's 11th overall Indian Medal. She has also won medals in swimming at international competitions.
Deepa, the first Indian female athlete at the Paralympics, was confined to a wheelchair in 1999 owing to a spinal tumour which made her paralysed from waist down.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Deepa on her amazing feat, saying, "Well done @DeepaAthlete! Your silver at the #Paralympics makes the nation very proud. Congratulations. #Rio2016"
India celebrated her victory at the Rio Paralympics and congratulated Malik for being a source of motivation for Indians and the rest of the world.
T 2377 -#DeepaMalik .. you made all India proud by winning the Silver at the ParaOlympics .. Such an emotion to see the Tiranga go up !— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 12, 2016
I consider it a great privilege and honour that my book, The Superstar Syndrome, was launched by a true champion, #DeepaMalik 3 years ago.— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) September 12, 2016
Mariyappan became India's third ever Paralympic gold medalist after Murlikant Petkar in 50m freestyle swimming at the 1972 Games in Germany and Devendra Jhajharia in javelin throw F44/46 category at Athens 2004.