After excelling in the women’s 10m SH1 R-2 air rifle event in Tokyo, Japan, 19-year-old Avani Lekhara set a record as the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. The Jaipur shooter tied the world record and set a new Paralympic record with a final score of 249.6.
Avani was a gifted dancer in her childhood, winning numerous honors and awards. However, her spinal cord was seriously injured in a car accident in 2012, and she started using a wheelchair as a result. Avani chose to try new sports that she thought she was great at, without reconsidering the changes that were made in her life as a result of this tragic tragedy. She even explored archery before embarking on shooting after reading Abhinav Bindra’s story, A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold, by the world’s first Olympic gold medalist. ‘India.
Her first rifle experience was in 2015 at the Jagatpura Sports Complex in Jaipur, and thanks to the dedication and hard work she put into her craft, she was able to make her international debut at the Para Shooting World Cup. in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. , in just two years (2017). His international career also started with a silver medal. In 2019, she won another silver medal at the Para Shooting World Cup in Osijek, Croatia. In March of this year, Avani won her first gold medal in the women’s SH1 R2 10m air rifle event at the inaugural Para-shooting National Championships.
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