BLOG BY :RIYA RATHORE
Karamjyoti Dalal’s meteoric rise from Haryana who has become the first woman from India to medal at the Upcoming Paralympics. Dalal didn’t end up medalling at the World Championship, but her fourth position finish raised several eyebrows within the Para-athletics fraternity. The reason why Dalal is one of the most talked about para-athletes within the circuit right now is because she only took up discus throwing last year. Today, she is one the world’s most serious contenders in the sport. She bagged two medals at the Asian Games 2011 and followed it up with three medals at the National Games held in the same year. It comes as no surprise then that many hope Dalal will seize the gold medal on September 17 at the discus throw event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Dalal regained her basic motor sensations, she was back on the field again. This time as a discus thrower in the F-55 category in the 2014 Asian Games. She started out with a basic 10m distance throw, and quickly rose to the top when she qualified with a 16m throw at the World Championship 2015.Once a professional kabbadi player, Dalal was forced to quit the sport when she took a fall from the terrace that paralysed her from the waist down. Dalal was bed-ridden for almost a year and it took her another two years to mobilise herself with the help of a wheelchair.
Her rise from the bottom of the rankings to fighting for the top three positions has taken her little less than a calendar year.Originally a part of the national Kabaddi setup, she was forced to leave the sport after a fall from her terrace.When she was 21, around seven years back, she was sitting down on my terrace and there was a sudden jerk, due to my prior epilepsy problem, which saw her fall down on back.But slowly and surely started getting better. She couldn’t move for close to a year, and was completely bed-ridden. It took Dalal about two years to become thoroughly mobile on her wheelchair.Participating in the F-55 category, which caters to athletes with no motion senses below the waist, Dalal first announced herself as a serious contender, during the 2014 Asian Games.Three gold medals at the National Games ensured her a comfortable entry to fight amongst the continent’s elite. Within three months of taking up the sport, she found herself in the unique position of throwing against the world number two.In Asian Games, Beijing, Dalal won two bronze medals to introduce her skill to the world.
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