Rio Paralympics medallist Deepa Malik bagged her second medal as he clinched a bronze in the women’s F51/52/53s discus throw event at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta on Friday. Also Read - India's Medal Count Will be in Double Digits at Tokyo Paralympics: Deepa Malik
Deepa produced her best effort in her fourth attempt, a 9.67 metre to claim the third spot. Elnaz Darabian of Iran took home the gold and set a new Asian record with her best throw of 10.71m. Fatema Nedham of Bahrain won the silver with 9.87m. The other Indian in the fray, Ekta Bhyan, who had won the gold in the women’s club throw event, finished last in a four-woman field, with a best attempt of 6.52m. Also Read - Paralympian Deepa Malik Recalls Toughest Times of Her Life, Says Darkest Night Brought Best Sunrise of my Life
In F51/52/53 category, athletes have full power and movements in their arms, but no power in their abdominal muscles and typically no sitting balance. They compete in seated positions. Deepa had earlier won a bronze in women’s F 53/54 javelin throw event.
Speaking after winning the medal, Deepa dedicated her achievement to her late father and to the country. She said, “I’m happy. It’s special for me. I dedicate this to my father’s memory. Both my medals are special. Proud that I won this for my nation. Thankful to Target Olympic Podium Scheme&Paralympic Committee of India.”
(With PTI Inputs)