Jaipur Girl Avani Lekhara Wins Gold Medal At Tokyo Paralympics, Twitter Celebrates

19-year-old Avani Lekhara from Jaipur has scripted history at the Tokyo Paralympics. She bagged the prestigious gold medal in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event on Monday, reports Hindustan Times. With this achievement, she has become the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics.

This is India’s 4th medal at the Tokyo Paralympics so far. According to NDTV, Avani Lekhara created a Paralympics record and equalled the world record with a score of 249.6. What’s even more remarkable is that this was her Paralympics debut!

“I can’t describe this feeling. I’m feeling like I’m on top of the world. It’s unexplainable. I’m so happy I could be the one to contribute to it. Hopefully, there’s a lot of medals more to come,” Avani said after her win.

According to Firstpost, Avani had suffered a devastating car accident in 2012 which left her paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. However, even though the incident took a toll on her physically, it wasn’t able to break her courage. After reading Olympics gold-medalist Abhinav Bindra’s autobiography, she was inspired to pursue shooting. With a bit of push from her father, Avani took up the sport.

Since 2015, she has been winning medals. In her first Rajasthan State Championship, she won bronze. This was followed by a silver medal at the IPC Para Shooting World Cup in 2017 and at the 2019 Para Shooting World Cup in Osijek, Croatia. In March this year, she won gold at the 1st National Para-shooting championships.

Soon, congratulations started pouring in on Twitter. Several celebrities, journalists, sportspersons, officers, etc. extended their good wishes to her and expressed their happiness. Have a look:

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Congratulations, Avani! The country is so proud! 🙂

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