Avani Lekhara wins second medal at Tokyo Paralympics


Shooter Avani Lekhara bagged a second medal in the R-8 Women's 50m Rifle 3P SH1 event, winning bronze at the Tokyo Paralympics on Friday.

Tokyo: Shooter Avani Lekhara bagged a second medal in the R-8 Women's 50m Rifle 3P SH1 event, winning bronze at the Tokyo Paralympics on Friday.

She scored 445.9.

Shooter Avani Lekhara had scripted history on Monday as she 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.

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 is only the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold after swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016) and high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu (2016).

"I can't describe this feeling, I'm feeling like I'm on top of the world. It's unexplainable," an elated Lekhara said.

Lekhara had finished fourth in the last world championship in 2019 but won a silver in the para-shooting World Cup in Al Ain in March.

Appearing in her maiden Paralympics, Lekhara, ranked fifth in the world, consistently shot 10s in both the competition stages.

(With inputs from PTI)

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