Shooter Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win gold at Paralympics

A 19- year-old Shooter Avani Lekhara created history on August 30 and became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics,  firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event here.

Avani completed with a world record equalling total of 249.6, which is also a new Paralympic record.

She is  the  fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold after swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016) and high jumper Thangavelu Mariyappan (2016).