19-year-old shooter Avani Lekhara became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics today, as she placed gold in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Lekhara eqaulled the world record score of 249.6, also a new Paralympic record, on her way to the top of the podium. She also became only the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold after swimmer Murlikant Petkar, javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia and higher jumper Thangavelu Mariyappan.
40-year-old legend Jhajharia added to his Olympic tally at Tokyo as well, winning Silver in the Javelin Throw F46 Final with a personal best of 64.35m, to go on to win his third medal. Sundar S Gurjar also finished with a Bronze at the event. Yogesh Kathuniya netted a Silver in the F56 Discus Throw finals, with a best of 44.38 m, and Nishad Kumar bagged a Silver in the High Jump T47, clearing 2.06 m, making it a great day for India on the field at Tokyo.
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