India's Deepa Malik bagged bronze in the women's F51/52/53s discus throw event at the Asian Para Games here on Friday. Deepa produced a best attempt of 9.67 metres to finish third. Elnaz Darabian of Iran won the gold medal with a new Asian record of 10.71m. Bahrain's Fatema Nedham clinched silver with a throw of 9.87m. Back in 2016 at the Rio Paralympics, Deepa had won the silver medal in shot put F53 final.
In other categories, K Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women's individual rapid P1 chess event after beating Manurung Roslinda of Indonesia 1-0 in the final round, while Kishan Gangolli got the better of Majid Bagheri in the men's individual rapid VI - B2/B3 event to claim the top spot.
Rapid P1 event is for physically impaired athletes while rapid VI - B2/B3 event features partially blind competitors. In para-badminton, Parul Parmar notched up a 21-9 21-5 victory over Wandee Kamtam of Thailand to win the gold medal in the women's singles SL3 event. Athletes in this class have impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking/running balance but they play in standing positions.
"I work as a coach in the Gujarat's Sports Authority of India. My target is Paralympics. I will play in the World Championships next," Parmar said after winning the gold. "So, I want support from my office and I need sponsors. When we go to play international tournaments we don't have spon...