India’s Avani Lakhera has done wonders in the Tokyo Paralympics. This para shooter from Jaipur, who has already won gold in the current Paralympics, has captured another medal. Now she won a bronze medal in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 event on Friday. She finished third in the event with a score of 445.9 . The number of medals in the country has reached 12 in these games.
In this event, China’s Zhang Qiping (457.9) and Germany’s Hilltrop Natasha (457.1) managed to win gold and silver respectively. In the qualification, Avani Lakhera stood second with 1176 points. Earlier, 19-year-old Avani had won a gold medal in Class SH1 of the women’s R-2 10m Air Rifle, which was India’s first gold medal in shooting in the history of Paralympics.
First Indian woman player to win two Paralympic medals
Avani Lakhera became the first Indian woman athlete to win two Paralympic medals. Prior to him Joginder Singh Sodhi was the first Indian to win multiple medals in a single stage of the Games. He won one silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Paralympics. His silver medals were in the shot put, while two bronze medals were in the discus throw and javelin throw.
In the current Paralympics, India has won 12 medals so far. India now has 2 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals. This is India’s best performance in the history of Paralympics. In Rio Paralympics (2016), India won 4 medals including 2 gold.
PM Modi congratulated
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Avni. He tweeted and wrote – More pride in the Tokyo Paralympics! Excited by the stellar performance of Avni Lakhera. Congratulations to him for the bronze medal. Best wishes to them for their future endeavours.