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Avani Lekhara created history, became the first player from India to win two medals including gold

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games: Avani Lekhara of India has won two medals including one gold in the ongoing Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Avani Lekhara is the first Indian player to have won two medals including gold in the same Paralympic Games. Earlier, 19-year-old Lekhara had become the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event.

Lekhara qualified for the finals in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 event by finishing second with a score of 1176. The final was very challenging in which Lekhara scored a total score of 445.9 and she was successful in getting the medal ahead of Irina Shchetnik of Ukraine. On the other hand, the Ukrainian shooter missed out on a medal in the elimination with a bad shot.

The Jaipur shooter, who sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 2012, broke the world record of 249.6 in the 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event to set a new Paralympic record.

Gold went to China’s account

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 shot put while two bronze medals were in discus throw and javelin throw.

Friday’s gold medal was won by China’s Zhang Kuiping with a new Games record of 457.9, while Germany’s Natasha Hiltrop took the silver with 457.1.

In the HH1 Rifle event, players have a deformity in their legs in which they have had to amputate their leg or paralysis in the lower limb. Some players participate while sitting while some stand up.

In the men’s 50m Rifle 3P event, Deepak failed to qualify for the final. He finished 18th with a score of 1114.

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