Avani Lekhara becomes the first-ever gold medalist at the Paralympic Games of India with a world record-like display in the 10m air rifle standing final
- Avani Lekhara made history by winning India’s first-ever Paralympic gold medal
- 19-year-old Lekhara competes in her first-ever Paralympic Games for India
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to offer congratulations
Avani Lekhara became India’s first female Paralympic gold medalist on Monday, triumphing in the standing final of the 10m air rifle.
The 19-year-old won gold with a score of 249.6, setting a Paralympic record and tying the world record for making history for her country and for the overall event itself.
Lekhara defeated defending champion Zhang Cuiping from China and Iryna Shchetnik from Ukraine, who took silver and bronze respectively.
Avani Lekhara, 19, has become India’s first female Paralympic gold medalist
Her win also made her India’s first-ever Olympic or Paralympic medalist in shooting.
“I only said one thing, that I should shoot once at a time. There’s nothing else that matters now, just take a shot at a time and just finish it,” she said
“I just think I have to follow the process. Furthermore, I try not to think about the score or the medal tally.
“I can’t describe this feeling, I feel like I’m on top of the world. It’s inexplicable.’
Lekhara was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident when she was 11 years old.
Lekhara competes in her first-ever Paralympic Games and blew away the competition
She also studies law and competes in three other competitions for India, so she could rack up even more medals before the Paralympic Games end on September 5.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Lekhara’s performance, saying: Phenomenal achievement Avani Lehara! Congratulations on winning a well deserved and well deserved gold made possible by your diligent nature and passion for shooting.
“This is a really special moment for Indian sport. Best wishes for your future endeavors.’