Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Shooter Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win gold at Paralympics

Shooter Avani Lekhara became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event here.


The 19-year-old from Jaipur, who sustained spinal cord injuries in a car accident in 2012, finished with a world record equalling a total of 249.6, which is also a new Paralympic record.


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).

"I'm so happy I could be the one to contribute it. Hopefully, there's a lot of medals more to come," Lekhara said.

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