Avani Lekhara scripts history, becomes first Indian woman to win Paralympics gold medal
Avani Lekhara is only the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold medal
Indian para-shooter Avani Lekhara has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to bag a gold medal at the Paralympics. The 19-year-old's gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is also India's first in shooting.
On Monday, she shot her way to glory to win the gold medal in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event. She finished with a world record equalling total of 249.6. This is also a new Paralympic record.
She is only the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold.
Swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016) and high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu (2016) are the others to have won a Paralympics gold medal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on the achievement.
"Phenomenal performance @AvaniLekhara! Congratulations on winning a hard-earned and well-deserved Gold, made possible due to your industrious nature and passion towards shooting. This is truly a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes for your future endeavours," he said on Twitter.
It was a good day for India in the track and field events with two medals in javelin throw.
2016 Paralympic Games gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia won the Silver medal while Sundar Singh Gurjar won the Bronze medal in javelin.
Yogesh Kathunia won the Silver medal in discus throw in the men's F56 event at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
On Sunday, Bhavina Patel had won a Silver medal in table tennis. Nishad Kumar had bagged another Silver medal for India, in the Men’s High Jump T47.