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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.

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.

6. In fact, she not only managed to become the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics but, at the age of 45, was also the oldest one to do so.

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)

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