Legend at 19: Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win 2 Paralympic medals
TOKYO: Trailblazing shoer Avani Lekhara on Friday became the first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals by cming the 50m Rifle 3 Position SH1 bronze to add to an unprecedented gold she had secured earlier in the ongoing Games here.
The 19-year-old Lekhara, competing in her debut Games, qualified second for the event with a score of 1176, including 51 inner 10s.
In the fiercely contested finals, Lekhara totalled 445.9 to finish ahead of Ukraine's Iryna Shchetnik, who let slip her grip on the medal spot with a poor third shot of 9.9 in the elimination.
在竞争激烈的决赛中，Lekhara以445.9环的总分领先于乌克兰选手Iryna Shchetnik。Iryna Shchetnik在淘汰赛中以9.9环的微弱成绩错失了奖牌。
Lekhara had become the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic gold by cming the top honours in the 10m air rifle standing SH1 event. That was also the first ever sh ting medal that India had won in the Games.
"It was a tough final but I'm happy to have made it into bronze. I could have done better than this. It's just what finals do to you," Lekhara said about her performance.
"It is an zing experience to win two medals in my first Paralympic Games. These two are my pet events. I was really working hard for these two for so many months. I gave my 100 per cent in the last shot."
"There are a lot of things on which I have to work, and I will definitely do better than this next time. There were a lot of distractions but I gave my 100 per cent to this," she added, referring to the celebrations that followed her gold medal.
The Jaipur-based shoer, who sustained sal cord injuries in a car accident in 2012 rendering her immobile, had fired a world record equalling total of 249.6, which was also a new Paralympic record.
CONGRATS Avani Lekhara! You have done Bharat proud with 1 GOLD and 1 BRONZE! Look at the passion with such this paralympian is competing in the greatest sports competition on Earth!
Well done Avani. You have shown tremendous courage by battling physical issues. May God keeps you healthy. India is proud of you.
I am so glad that we are celebrating achievements of our Paralympic champions. They deserve our love and recognition
2021 has been the greatest year for us when it comes to Olympic medals! I feel mighty proud of all our Athletes!
Paralympians are bringing in more medals..
Congratulations, Avani, First - the GOLD, now the BRONZE ..... Bag the SILVER, too!!!Well done, India's Girl with the Golden Gun!!
Avani Lekhara , A Million Congratulations to you . This is just a begng . Please don't forget " Sitaron Se Aage Jahan Aur Bhi Hai " . You are a God's Blessed Child . Keep wng , Keep Smiling .
这只是一个开始。请不要忘记“Sitaron Se Aage Jahan Aur Bhi Hai”。你是神所赐福的孩子。屡战屡胜，保持微笑。
shame on congress go nment in Rajasthan who hadn't paid sry to this medal winner for months. Rahul Gandhi only lectures.
Amazing performance from such an youngster! Wng back to back medals in the same Olympic event is unprecedented for India. Just win another medal and make an hat-trick.
Heartiest congratulation to Avani for bringing Laurels to the country and herself.
Two medals in single Paraolympics avani lekhara make our nation proud and also send the message to those parents who restrict thier thier daughters to join sports.
You have made us proud . Hats off to you !
Many many Congratulations to her. I am feeling proud that one of my Rajasthan's daughter had won two medals and created a history in Tokyo Paralympic.
This is really a aaj kuch tufhani karte hai moment. She has really given the taste of thunder.
Brahmajosyula Prasanna Kumar
Congratulation. Good to know that even though being a differently abled person has not dampened her enthusiasm to live life to the fullest and bring "GLORY TO BHARAT".
Heartiest Congratulations. Country is proud of your splendid accomplishments. God Bless you.
Vijay Ishwarlal Upadhyay
Avani congratulations for 2 Medals in debute Paralympics is wonderful record. Wish you all the best for great future ahead
FANTASTIC YOUNG LADY JAI HIND
Congrats Avani .Well done.All the best for future events
More remarkable that, after first set of shots, she was 6th, then move upto 5th, then ladder up 4th, then joint 3rd and finally bronze. Attitude and determination are great.
All credit goes to Modiji. Modiji zindabad.