2016 Rio Paralympics came to closure with the People’s Republic of China leading the medal’s table. The Asian force bagged 107 gold, 81 silver and 51 bronze medals in the competition.
Great Britain came second with 64 gold, 39 silver and 44 bronze followed by Ukraine who pocketed 41, 37 & 39 gold, silver and bronze, respectively. India finished 43rd – the nation’s best ever Paralympic performance.
Mariyappan Thangavelu (gold) and Varun Singh Bhati (bronze) made a mark in Men’s T42 High Jump with 1.89m and 1.86m, respectively.
Deepa Malik then became India’s first ever female paralympic medallist by winning Silver in shotput F53 event. The lady also added another feather to her cap by becoming the oldest to win a Paralympics medal with a personal best of 4.63m in the final.
Records continued to tumble with Devendra Jhajhariya winning India’s second gold – also the first from the nation to win a second gold in the games. The javelin thrower made a massive attempt breaking his own world record with a 63.97-metre attempt (previous record – 62.15 metres in 2004 Games)
India sent its largest ever contingent of 19 athletes and returned with 4 medals.
|1||People’s Republic of China||107||81||51||239|
|4||United States of America||40||44||31||115|