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Indian Shooter Avani Lekhara achieved gold in Tokyo Olympics.

After shining bright in the Tokyo Olympics, now Indian Shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history, on Monday, as she became the first Indian woman to register gold at the Paralympics in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle standing SH1.

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After shining bright in the Tokyo Olympics, now Indian Shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history, on Monday, as she became the first Indian woman to register gold at the Paralympics in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle standing SH1.

Lekhara, a 19 year hailed from Jaipur, Rajasthan, went through a spinal cord injury in a car accident back in 2012, making up the world record of 249.6. 


It is her first medal in the showpiece of India. Avani Lekhara crossed over 2016 Rio Games gold-medallist Cuiping Zhang of China, who managed to achieve a silver medal by the total of 248.9, World number one and reigning world champion Iryna Shchetnik of Ukraine managed to achieve bronze by the total of 227.5.

This was the first biggest medal she ever achieved in the International championship. Back in 2019 Avani Lekhara participated in four International tournaments participating in maiden Paralympics, Avani Lekhara, ranked fifth in the world, 

 

Avani Lekhara was encouraged by her father to indulge in sports and meanwhile, she went through both the games shooting and archery in which she found shooting more interesting than archery and continued with shooting since 2015, She was inspired by the 2008 Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra after reading his book.



Avani Lekhara was appreciated and congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He took to Twitter and wrote, "Phenomenal performance Avani Lekhara! Congratulations on winning a hard-earned and well-deserved Gold, made possible due to your industrious nature and passion for shooting. This is truly a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes for your future endeavours."


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