Clinching the country’s first gold medal, Avani Lekhara continued the medal rush for India with a world record-equaling score of 249.6 in Women’s 10m Air Rifle after she qualified for the final in the seventh position. Beating China’s Zhang Cuiping, Avani brought home India’s fourth medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games so far.
The 19-year-old also scripted history becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics. Overall, she is the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold after swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016), and high jumper Thangavelu Mariyappan (2016).
Hailing Lakhera’s achievement, PM Modi wrote on Twitter that this is a special moment for Indian sports while other reactions also poured in.
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 30, 2021
On Sunday, India’s para table tennis player Bhavina won silver as she lost the gold medal match to China’s Zhou Ying 3-0 in the women’s singles – Class 4. Yogesh Kathuniya won silver in the Men’s Discus Throw – F56 with his season-best throw of 44.38. Gold went to Brazil’s Batista Dos Santos while Cuba’s Leonardo Diaz. He two-time Olympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia claiming silver with a personal best throw of 64.35 while Sundar Singh Gurjar won bronze with a throw of 64.01.