Chateauroux [France]: Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Avani Lekhara clinched a gold medal with a world record rating of 250.6 in Female’s 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 below at the Chateauroux Para-Shooting World Trophy on Tuesday and also secured an area at the Paris Paralympics 2024.
The 20-year-old shooter broke her own globe document of 249.6. Poland’s Emilia Babska nabbed the silver medal with an overall of 247.6, while the bronze was won by Anna Normann of Sweden with a total amount of 225.6. SH1 category is for professional athletes with lower limb problems for competition in rifle occasions.
” Proud to earn the gold medal in the R2 10M Air Rifle SH1 occasion with a WR score & s 1st #Paris 2024 Quota, at the #Chateauroux 2022. My first Int. event considering that the @paralympics. A huge thanks to everybody that has supported me! @narendramodi @ianuragthakur @ParalympicIndia @Media_SAI,” tweeted Avani Lekhara.
Lekhara nabbed the gold simply 3 days after being on the edge of losing out on the Para Shooting World as her trainer and also escort were rejected visas. The Sports Ministry as well as Sports Authority of India had to interfere to obtain the Visa got rid of.
Last year Avani Lekhara secured a gold medal and a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. She won a gold in the 10 metre Air Rifle standing event in the SH1 group and followed it up with a bronze in the females’s 50-metre rifle 3 positions SH1 event, making her the first Indian female to win multiple medals at the Paralympics.