NEW DELHI: Inspirational Indian para-athlete Deepa Malik has scored the top spot in the discus Asia Ranking 53 category and got second place in the Asian Games combined category event 51/52/53 with a career-best throw of 8.01 meters on the second day of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix 2018 in Dubai.
Deepa took to Twitter to share the good news on Wednesday, saying:
“Qualified discus for Asian Games by securing current Asia Ranking 1 53 category and Asian Games combined category event 51/52/53 Discus Ranking 2 as on date. By throwing my personal best ever 8.01 mtrs at #FAZZA #Dubai @ParalympicIndia @Media_SAI @IndiaSports”, she tweeted.
Deepa, legendary, won silver in the shot put F-53 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics with a best throw of 4.61m sealing her prize as quoted by TOI.
Being restricted to a wheelchair has clearly not been a restraint for Deepa, one of the country's most decked athletes. A momentary look at her achievements underscores that axiom.
The 47-year-old Deepa is an accomplished swimmer, adventure sports junkie, biker and entrepreneur and has had her name registered into the Limca Book of Record not once, but four times. In 2016 she became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.