Avni Lakheda creates history, targets gold in Tokyo Paralympics;Yogesh-Devendra won silver
Avani equaled the world record by scoring 249.6 in the final and secured the first position. She surpassed China’s Zhang Kuiping (248.9 points). Ukraine’s Iriana Shetnik (227.5) won the bronze medal.
- Avni Lakheda created history
- Gold targeted at Tokyo Paralympics
- Yogesh-Devendra won silver
TOKYO: India’s Avani Lakheda on Monday set a target for gold by winning the final of the women’s 10m air rifle Class SH1 at the Tokyo Paralympic Games shooting event on Monday. Avani equaled the world record by scoring 249.6 in the final and secured the first position. She surpassed China’s Zhang Kuiping (248.9 points). Ukraine’s Iriana Shetnik (227.5) won the bronze medal.
- Avani Lakheda targets Gold
Avani is the first Indian female athlete to win a gold medal in the Paralympic Games. This is also India’s first medal in the shooting competition of these games. This is also the country’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. She is the third Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games..
- Yogesh-Devendra won silver, Sundar won bronze
After creating history by Avani Lakheda, India’s Devendra Jhajharia won the silver medal in the F46 category of men’s javelin throw. At the same time, Yogesh Kathunia of India won the silver medal in the F56 category of men’s discus throw event. Apart from this, Sunder Singh Gurjar won a bronze medal in the F46 category of men’s javelin throw at the Paralympic Games.
- Prime Minister congratulated
19-year-old shooter Avni scored 249.6 and grabbed the gold while beating. This is India’s first gold medal in shooting in the history of Paralympics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Avani Lakheda.
- Avni’s journey was wonderful
Before Avani, Murlikant Petkar (Men’s Swimming, 1972), Devendra Jhajharia (Men’s Javelin Throw, 2004 and 2016) and Mariyappan Thangavelu (Men’s High Jump, 2016) won gold medals in Paralympic Games from India. Avni had earlier entered the finals by finishing seventh among 21 shooters in the qualification round. Avani posted a score of 621.7 after six shots in the 60 series, which was enough to make it to the top eight shooters. China’s Kuiping and Ukraine’s Shetnik took the first two places in the qualification with a Paralympic record of 626.0.