Avani Lekhara has etched her name in history books by clinching gold in the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 Women’s 10m Air Rifle SH1 event on Monday, By the virtue of this win, not only did she win India’s first medal in the ongoing edition of the Paralympic Games but she has become the first woman from the country to win a Paralympics gold medal.
As Lekhara struck solid gold for India, congratulatory messages started pouring in for the champion shooter. Here are some of them.
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Lekhara for creating history and becoming the first Indian woman to win a Gold at the Paralympics. He then added that India is elated by her stellar performance.
Another daughter of India makes us proud!
Congratulations to Avani Lekhara for creating history and becoming the first Indian woman to win a Gold at #Paralympics. India is elated by your stellar performance! Our tricolour flies high at the podium due to your phenomenal feat. — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 30, 2021
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju hailed Lekhara extended his heartfelt congratulations to Lekhara.
India strikes 1st Gold Medal at the #Paralympics #Tokyo2020 !
My heartiest congratulations to @AvaniLekhara for winning India’s first gold medal in Para Shooting. We are so proud of you Avani! pic.twitter.com/oIL8trtRCk — Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 30, 2021
Former Team India vice-captain Virender Sehwag and his then team-mate VVS Laxman also congratulated her on the outstanding feat,
She has created history.
The first ever woman from India to win a #Paralympics #Gold 🔥🔥
Wow #AvaniLekhara on the outstanding feat.
Also equals the current WR to win the Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 final! 💪💪#Tokyo2020 #ShootingParaSport pic.twitter.com/saehkl2tJt — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 30, 2021
What a historic feat by #AvaniLekhara on becoming the first ever Indian women to win a #Paralympics Gold. A landmark ocassion in Indian sports.
And with #YogeshKathuniya delivering an outstanding performance to bring home a Silver, India now has 5 medals in the #TokyoParalympics pic.twitter.com/CQiwDjAH82 — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 30, 2021
2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra also came forward and gave special mention to the ‘brilliant display’ shown by Lekhara.
Gold it is! Brilliant display by @AvaniLekhara to win India its first Paralympic gold medal in shooting. Immensely proud ! Many Congratulations on your shot at history ! #Praise4Para #Tokyo2020 — Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 30, 2021
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur lauded Avani Lekhara on the amazing win with a score of 249.6 equalling the world record and Paralympic record.
Amazing Avani wins🥇for 🇮🇳 !
A historic achievement as she becomes the only woman in Olympics & Paralympics to win a gold !
• Shooting in 10m AR Standing SH1 Final
• Score of 249.6 creating a Paralympic Record
• Equalling the World Record#Praise4Para @AvaniLekhara pic.twitter.com/Md7pfLX8t2 — Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 30, 2021
Avani Lekhara strikes gold at Tokyo Paralympics 2020
Competing in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle SH1 final event on Monday, Avani Lekhara won the gold medal with a score of 249.6 equalling the world record and Paralympic record. In fact, the champion shooter had qualified for the final, finishing 7th in the qualification round, with a total score of 621.7. After a slow start, she made up ground and went on to advance to the finals of the showpiece event. She registered good scores of 104.9, 104.8 in her third and fourth attempts to be in contention for the medal before scoring 104.1 in the final round of qualification.
In the finals, Lekhara started out with a score of 52.0, 51.3, and 21.6 in the first three shots. She continued to keep hold of the lead by shooting 20.8, 21.2, and 20.9 in the next three shots. In the last three shots, Lekhara shot 21.2, 20.1, and 20.5 to strike gold for India in the ongoing Paralympics Games.