On Monday (August 30), Avani Lekhara made history as she became the first-ever Indian woman in Paralympics to win gold. The 19-year-old shooter, who was representing India in her first-ever Olympics, won the gold medal in 10m air-rifle standing SH1 final, with a score of 249.6 (new Paralympics record). In this way, she also equaled the world record and was extoled by the nationals following her historic feat.
Avani took India’s medal register to four in the Tokyo Paralympics before the likes of Yogesh Kathuniya (silver in discus throw), javelin throwers Devendra Jhajaria (silver) and Sundar Singh Gurjar (bronze) added to the Indian contingent’s tally (seven). Following Avani’s feat, she ensured that India’s national anthem was played on the podium as the country is grinning with pride on her historic gold.
Avani qualified for the final finishing 7th in the qualification round with a total score of 621.7. After a slow start, the youngster gained motion and staged a good recovery to storm into 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.
After her victory, India’s national anthem was played on the podium and the video is sure to give you goosebumps. Post her resounding success, Avani has become the talk of the nation on Monday morning (August 30). PM Narendra Modi, too, congratulated the young athlete and wrote on Twitter.
We are really proud of Avani and we hope she goes to more heights with the upcoming years.