Avani Lekhara Clinches Gold As The First Indian Woman Paralympic Gold Medallist

Avani Lekhara Clinches Gold As The First Indian Woman Paralympic Gold Medallist

Shooter Avani Lekhara on Monday scripted history as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics.

Lekhara fired her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women"s 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

The 19-year-old finished with a world record equalling total of 249.6. This is now a new Paralympic record.

As per reported by PTI, 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).

In the SH1 Rifle category, Shooters are able to hold a gun with arms. The athletes have an impairment in their legs.

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