Paralympics 2020: Avani Lekhara wins gold in shooting, Yogesh clinches silver in discus throw

Historic day for India at Paralympics 2020 as shooter Avani Lekhara finishes on top to clinch gold and discus thrower Yogesh Kathunia bags silver.

Indian paralympic shooter Avani Lekhara won country’s first gold medal in shooting at the Tokyo Paralympics in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 event on Monday. While making India proud, India’s discus thrower Yogesh Kathunia clinched silver in the final F56 category. Yogesh came up with the best attempt of 44.38m to finish at the 2nd spot.

Lekhara,19, won the gold medal with a total score of 249.6 in the final. She equalled the world record. India has clinched five medals at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympic Games so far. She qualified for the final finishing 7th in the qualification round with a total score of 621.7. Avani staged a good recovery after a slow start to advance to the finals of the showpiece event.

The 10m Air Rifle shooter hails from Jaipur, Rajasthan and she trains in the JDA Shooting Range in the Pink City. She suffered Traumatic Paraplegia caused by an accident in 2012.

Hailing the para shooting’s feat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated on Twitter. He wrote,” 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.”

India’s first individual Olympic gold medal-winning shooter Abhinav Bindra also heaped praise on Avani.

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