Tokyo: Shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals on Friday. Lekhara won bronze medal in women’s 50m rifle 3-position SH1 to add to her earlier gold in women’s 10m air rifle shooting SH1 class at Tokyo.
Congratulations @AvaniLekhara on your #bronze win & on creating history as the first 🇮🇳 woman to win 2 medals at the #Paralympics!— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 3, 2021
Enjoy this special moment that you've worked so hard for. You've made India very proud.#Praise4Para pic.twitter.com/KlErQNwfb0
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. #Praise4Para— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 3, 2021
Heartiest Congratulations #AvaniLakhera on winning the #Bronze Medal for India 🇮🇳 in Women's 50m Rifle 3P SH1 Final at #Tokyo2020.— Supriya Sule (@supriya_sule) September 3, 2021
We are proud of you @AvaniLekhara!#Paralympics #ShootingParaSports pic.twitter.com/LTFWmhmsCc
The 19-year-old Lekhara qualified second for the event with a score of 1176, including 51 inner 10s. In the finals, Lekhara totalled 445.9 to finish ahead of Ukraine’s Iryna Shchetnik
Two-time champion Zhang Cuiping of China took the gold with a new Paralympic record of 457.9 while Germany’s Natascha Hiltrop won the silver with a score of 457.1.
Harvinder wins first archery medal for India at Para Games
Meanwhile, archer Harvinder Singh won a bronze medal in the men’s individual recurve - open event on Friday. Harvinder Singh’s medal was India’s first-ever podium finish in archery at the Para Games.
Congratulations on this stellar achievement 🎯, @ArcherHarvinder.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 3, 2021
To persist & also deliver in a high-pressure situation is the hallmark of a winner, and you exhibited both these qualities today. #Paralympics #PraiseForPara pic.twitter.com/6NeGa4JWmc
Harvinder beat South Korea’s Kim Min Su 6-5 in a shoot-off to win India’s third medal of the day at Tokyo 2020.
Praveen bags silver in high jump T64
Meanwhile, India’s Praveen Kumar bagged the silver medal in high jump T64 with Asian record. Praveen Kumar managed a jump of 2.07m while Great Britain’s Jonathan Broom-Edwards jumped 2.10m for the gold.
Heartiest congratulations Praveen Kumar on winning the Silver Medal 🥈 for 🇮🇳 & also setting an Asian Record in the process in the Men's T44 class high jump.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 3, 2021
#Praise4Para #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics #ParaAthletics pic.twitter.com/hMxVEseDuI
India has, so far, won 13 medals at Tokyo 2020 - its best performance at the Para Games till date.