Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Avani Lekhara wins a bronze medal and becomes the first Indian woman to win 2 Paralympic medal

She is the first Indian woman to win two medals in the same edition of the game. Avani bagged a bronze medal in R8 50m rifle 3P SH1 event by scoring 445.9 in the finals.

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The 19-year-old Avani Lekhara wins her second medal at her debut Tokyo Paralympics 2020. She is the first Indian woman to win two medals in the same edition of the game. Avani bagged a bronze medal in R8 50m rifle 3P SH1 event by scoring 445.9 in the finals. Earlier, she won the gold medal in R-2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1. Several congratulatory tweets are pouring in for her.

In the qualifications round, her scores read as 388, 393, and 395 in Kneeling, Prone, and Standing rounds, respectively. By announcing her bronze medal victory, the Sports Authority of India tweeted, "Our Golden Girl, Avani brings home 2nd medal from Tokyo #Paralympics!!! @AvaniLekhara wins a bronze in Women’s 50m Rifle 3P SH1 final, taking India's medal tally to 12 A brilliant feat by our talented para-shooter India is extremely proud of you! #Cheer4India #Praise4Para."

Reportedly after winning the bronze medal, it was an amazing experience for Avani to win two medals in her first Paralympic Games. These two events are her favorite events and she was working hard on these two events for so many months and gave her 100 percent in the final shot. 

Athletes participating in the SH1 Rifle event have impairment in legs like paraplegia or amputations. They can compete in seating positions or standing positions. Avani, who hails from Jaipur, sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 2012, making her immobile. Before Avani Lekhara, Joginder Singh Sodi was the only Indian to win more than one medal in a single edition of the Paralympic Games. He won one silver and two bronze medals in the 1984 Paralympic Games.