Avani Lakhera won bronze medal after gold, became the first player to win ‘two medals’


New Delhi: India’s Avani Lakhera has achieved another feat in the Tokyo Paralympics. Jaipur’s para shooter, who has already won a gold medal in the ongoing Paralympics, has grabbed another medal. She now won a bronze medal in the women’s 50m rifle three position SH1 event on Friday. She finished third in the final with a score of 445.9. The number of medals in these games has reached 12.

China’s Zhang Kaping (457.9) and Germany’s Hilltrop Natasha (457.1) won gold and silver medals respectively in this event. Avani Lakhera stood second in qualification with 1176 marks. Earlier, 19-year-old Avani had won gold in women’s R2 10m air rifle category SH1, India’s first gold medal in shooting in Paralympic history. In the current Paralympics, India has 12 medals in its account. India now has 2 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals. This is India’s best performance in the history of Paralympics. Earlier, India had won 4 medals including 2 gold at the Rio Paralympics (2016).

PM Narendra Modi has congratulated Avni for her victory. He tweeted, ‘More pride in the Tokyo Paralympics! Excited by the stellar performance of Avni Lakhera. Congratulations to him for the bronze medal. Wishing them all the best for their future endeavours.


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