New Delhi June 7: Paralympics tokyo india Avani Lekhara, the Tokyo Paralympics winner, won gold in the Para Shooting World Cup on Tuesday in Chateauroux, France, with a world record score of 250.6 in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1.
The 20-year-old shooter shattered her own world record of 249.6 to qualify for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.
Emilia Babska of Poland won silver with a score of 247.6, while Anna Normann of Sweden took bronze with a score of 225.6.
The SH1 category is for athletes competing in rifle events who have a lower limb handicap.
According to Sandesh Jhingan, the Asian Cup 2023 is a first step in realising his dream of playing in the World Cup.
Lekhara won the top prize three days after her coach and escort were denied visas and she was on the danger of missing the tournament.
The matter was eventually addressed thanks to the Sports Authority of India and the Sports Ministry’s assistance.
“Proud to bring home the gold in the R2 10M Air Rifle SH1 event at the Chateauroux2022, with a WR score and India’s first Paris2024 Quota.” This is my first international event since the @paralympics. “Thank you so much to everyone who has backed me up!” avni gold medal winner wrote on Twitter.
“Avani Lekhara, the new R2 – women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 WorldRecord holder.”
Lekhara won gold in the 10m air rifle standing event in the SH1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics in August of last year. She then won bronze in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 event, becoming the first Indian woman to win multiple Paralympic medals.