Avani Lekhara stands the first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals: A star at the age of 19.

Avani Lekhara, an Indian Paralympian and rifle shooter, became the first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals, by claiming the 10m air rifle standing SH1 gold and then adding the 50m Rifle 3 Position SH1 bronze to her haul.


She was also the second in the overall country to win multiple medals in the same edition of the Games.

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The 19-year old star rivalling in her debut Games, qualified second for the event with a score of 1176, including 51 inner 10s.

Lekhara totalled the number of 445.9 and won ahead of Ukraine's Iryna Shchetnik.

Lekhara, about her performance said, " It was a tough final but I'm happy to have made it into bronze. I could have done better than this. It's just what finals do to you."

Shooter Lekhara, despite being the first Indian woman to win Paralympic medals, is not satisfied with her performance and says that it was done by the nerves.

"I was not satisfied with the gold only (laughs) when I won the gold, I wanted to fire that last shot better...so this bronze is definitely not satisfying", says Lekhara in a virtual press conference.


Avani Lekhara, the young star, met in a car accident at the age of 11 in 2012. The accident left her to be paraplegic (a spinal cord injury that affects the neural elements of the spinal canal). Her father uplifted her to join sports and then she started training in archery and later moved to shoot, finding her true passion for it.


After the gold medal win, Lekhara's father Praveen Lekhara said, "She was angry at her condition and hardly had a desire to talk to anyone. For a change, I used to take her to JDA shooting range in Jagatpura, Jaipur where she developed an interest in shooting."


Lekhara recapitulated her admiration towards Abhinav Bindra and how she wants to become like him one day.

"When I read Abhinav Bindra Sir's autobiography, it really inspired me, because he gave his 100 percent to what he did and he won India's first individual gold medal." said Lekhara.

She also thanked her coaches and especially former Olympian shooter Suma Shirur, for the assistance she gave to Lekhara throughout.

Lekhara is not done yet. She is again to be seen next in the mixed 50m rifle prone SH1 event, also featuring Siddharth Babu and Deepak.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished her congratulations saying, "More glory to 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 endeavors. #Praise4Para"
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