Tokyo Paralympics: Avni Lekhara makes history in shooting, gives country its first gold medal


Avni Lekhara, India’s para-shooter, has made history at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Avni has set a new Paralympic record in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 event, aiming for gold.

Avani Lekhara wins gold medal
Avani Lekhara wins gold medal

Avni scored a total of 249.6 which is a new record of the Paralympic Games. China’s Xi Zhang (248.9 points) won the silver medal while Ukraine’s Irina Sakhetnik (227.5 points) won the bronze medal. This is India’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, after Indian athletes won two silver medals yesterday.

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In fact, Avni finished seventh in the event’s qualification round. She performed brilliantly in the final and won the gold medal. This is also India’s third medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. Earlier, Nishad Kumar had won a silver medal in high jump and Bhavina Patel had won a silver medal in table tennis.

Avani Lekhara wins gold medal
Avani Lekhara wins gold medal

Another Indian para-athlete Vinod Kumar had won a bronze medal in the F52 category of discus throw, but his result is currently on hold.

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It is to be mentioned that in this final match of nine rounds, Avni was beaten by Chinese athlete Si Zhang. Zhang topped the qualification round and became a strong contender for the gold medal in this match. However, Avni won the gold medal by defeating Zhang.

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