Shooter Avani Lekhara wins bronze in 50m Rifle 3 positions SH1


Shooter Avani Lekhara, who had won the gold medal in the women's 10m Air Rifle Standing (SH1) event earlier in the week, clinched a historic second medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. The 19-year-old won a bronze in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 event on Friday.

Avani had finished second in the qualification for the event, and made a slow start in the final with scores of 9.8 and 9.7 in the first two shots. However, she gathered momentum with a strong finish in the remaining three shots of the first series (10.1, 10.9 and 10.3). With this win, Avani became the first Indian woman and second from her country overall to win two medals in the same edition of the Paralympics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the congratulatory messages saying he is elated by her performance.

"More glory at the Tokyo #Paralympics. Elated by the stupendous performance of @AvaniLekhara. Congratulations to her on bringing home the Bronze medal. Wishing her the very best for her future endeavours," the Prime Minister tweeted on Friday.