Shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history on Monday August 30, becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics.
She has wrote her name in the gold medal competing in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event.
The 19-year-old finished with a world record-equalling total of 249.6, which is also a new Paralympic record.
This is India’s first gold and fourth medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games so far.
India strikes 1st Gold Medal at the #Paralympics #Tokyo2020 !— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 30, 2021
My heartiest congratulations to @AvaniLekhara for winning India's first gold medal in Para Shooting. We are so proud of you Avani! pic.twitter.com/oIL8trtRCk
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Lekhara for creating history and carry the pride for India. He then added that India is elated by her stellar performance.
Golden Moment for India!— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) August 30, 2021
Hearing your flag go up with National Anthem in the background is what every Indian dreams of 🙂
There's no greater joy for Indians. Thank you @AvaniLekhara for making it happen so soon!#Cheer4India #Praise4Para #Paralympics #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/BAM49sex7h
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, former Team India vice-captain Virender Sehwag also congratulated her for the glorious moment.