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  • Sep
  • 03

Avani Lekhara shoots her way into the history books; becomes first Indian woman to win two medals at Paralympics

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Avani Lekhara engraved her name in the history books becoming the second Indian and first woman to win multiple medals at the Paralympics.

Avani Lekhara won bronze in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 event with a score of 445.9 to become the first Indian woman to win two medals at the Paralympics. Lekhara had finished second in qualification. Lekhara had also won gold in the 10m air rifle standing SH1 event.

The first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics was Deepa Malik in the women's shot put F53 at the 2016 Games. Two Indian women have clinched medals at the Tokyo Paralympics in Lekhara and Bhavina Patel. Bhavina won silver in the  women's table tennis C4.



Earlier, Lekhara became the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic gold medal after she equalled the world record with a score of 249.6 in the women's 10m air rifle standing finals (SH 1).

India's medal tally now stands at 12 at these Paralympics. It has now won two golds, six silvers and four bronze medals. This is India's best tally at a single edition of the Para Games. It had won four medals at Rio 2016 and four at the 1984 Paralympics.




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