On Monday, shooter Avani Lekhara made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic gold medal. In the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event, Avani won gold.
The 19-year-old set a new Paralympic record with a total of 249.6, which is also a new personal best.
She joins Murlikant Petkar (swimming), Devendra Jhajharia (javelin throw), and Thangavelu Mariyappan as the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympic gold (High Jump).
Avani Lekhara presents India with a medal
Avani Lekhara dedicated her historic gold medal to the entire nation shortly after her victory. “This medal does not belong to me; it belongs to the entire country. This medal is for the entire country, and I’d like to dedicate it to it “, Avani stated following the event.
“Every athlete hopes to earn a medal at some point in their career. I’ve been preparing for this moment for the past five years, hoping to represent India at the Paralympics. I wasn’t thinking about winning a medal; instead, I was focused on the process and taking one shot at a time. I’m feeling like I’m on top of the world right now. This sensation is indescribable “According to reports, Avani said.
On Monday, India won four medals
On Monday, India increased its medal total to six. Devendra Jhaharia, who won gold in the men’s javelin in 2004 and 2016, got silver in the F46 division, while Sundar Singh claimed bronze. At the Paralympics, Yogesh Kathunya took silver in the Men’s Discus F56 event.
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