Shooter Avani Lekhara creates history, becomes first woman from India to clinch gold in Paralympics
At Tokyo Paralympics 2020, Indian shooter Avani Lekhara created history by winning a gold medal in the R2 - Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 final. Avani equalled the world record to win the Women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 final.
The 19-year-old created history by becoming the first woman from India to win a Paralympics gold medal. This is also India's first gold medal at Tokyo Paralympics 2020.
She's the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold after swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016) and high jumper Thangavelu Mariyappan (2016).
"It's a Golden Day!! #GoldenGirl @AvaniLekhara wins India's First medal in @ShootingPara & it's a #GOLD!!! First place medal Avani has equalled the World Record to achieve this feat!Sparkles This is unparalleled, first Indian Woman in @Olympics or @Paralympics ever to win GOLD. #Praise4Para #Tokyo2020," Paralympic India tweeted from its official account.
The ace shooter finished seventh in the qualification round with a total score of 621.7. Avani staged a good recovery after a slow start to advance to the finals of the showpiece event.
She registered good scores of 104.9, 104.8 in her third and fourth attempt to be in the game before scoring 104.1 in the final round of qualification. The Indian shooter will now lock horns in the finals of the showpiece event.