Avani Lekhara,19, became India’s most successful women para-athlete when she claimed her second medal at the Tokyo Paralympics with a bronze in women’s 50m rifle three positions SH1 classification adding to her gold in the women’s women’s 10m air rifle. Lekhara, who qualified to the finals in sixth clawed her way back after finding herself languishing at sixth after two rounds. In the clutch shot, Lekhara shot an impressive 10.5 to edge out Ukraine’s Iryna Shchetnik, who came fourth.
Lekhara finished with 445.9 points while China’s Zhang Cuiping won her third consecutive Paralympics gold medal at this event with a personal best of 457.9. Silver went to Germany’s Natasha Hilltop, who scored 457.1. With this medal, India’s tally goes up to 12 and this is also India’s second medal of the day after Praveen Kumar won silver in the men’s high jump T64.
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