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11 Reasons To Be Proud Of India's Paralympic Athletes (Aside From All The Medals, Of Course)

Four medals already and we're not even done yet.

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1. Because for gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu, who is the son of a vegetable seller, winning the prize money was more about survival and paying off his medical loans than just going down in history.

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5. Because before winning her silver medal in shot put this year, Deepa Malik was also a para-swimmer and the first woman with paraplegia to ride in one of the world's highest rally raids, the Raid-de-Himalaya.

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12. And because they showed strength really looks like.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 13: Devendra of India competes in the Men's Javelin Throw - F46 Final on day 6 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on September 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)