Paralympic champion Avani Lekhara of India shot a world record of 250.6 to win gold and Paralympic quota in Women’s 10m Air Rifle SH1 at the ongoing Para Shooting World Cup in Chateauroux, France.
Proud to bring home the🥇in the R2 10M Air Rifle SH1 event with a WR score & 🇮🇳s 1st #Paris2024 Quota, at the #Chateauroux2022. My 1st Int. event since the @paralympics. A big thank you to everyone who has supported me! @narendramodi @ianuragthakur @ParalympicIndia @Media_SAI https://t.co/mrtrrR2Qif pic.twitter.com/QF3A3vyupW
— Avani Lekhara अवनी लेखरा PLY (@AvaniLekhara) June 7, 2022
The 20-year-old Avani broke her own world record of 249.6 to ensure herself a spot at the Paris 2024 Paralympics.
Poland’s Emilia Babska won the silver with 247.6 while Anna Normann of Sweden took the bronze with 225.6.
Earlier, Lekhara was on the verge of missing the World Cup as her coach and escort were denied visas. However, the issue was resolved with timely intervention from the SAI and Sports Ministry.
In August last year, Avani bagged a gold in the 10m Air Rifle SH1 at the Tokyo Paralympics. She followed it up with a bronze in the Women’s 50m Rifle Three Positions SH1, making her the first Indian woman to win multiple medals at the Paralympics.