Paralympic champion Avani Lekhara of India won a silver in women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 at the ongoing WSPS World Cup at Changwon, Korea.
The 21-year-old Avani registered 10.3 on the 24th shot for a total acore of 250.1, missing out on a top spot to Anna Benson of Sweden by the narrowest possible margin of 0.1 point.
Earlier in the qualification, Avani shot the thid best score of 626.5.
An incredibly close final decided by the final shot. Very happy to have a Silver Medal, in the R2 10M Air Rifle event, also my first event of this @ShootingPara World Cup, Changwon. Looking forward to carrying on the momentum in the next events! 🥈 pic.twitter.com/Zi62BDefv6
— 𝓐𝓿𝓪𝓷𝓲 𝓛𝓮𝓴𝓱𝓪𝓻𝓪 अवनी लेखरा 𝐏𝐋𝐘 (@AvaniLekhara) May 25, 2023
The Changwon 2023 WSPS World Cup is the season opener for the WSPS season and will offer Paris 2024 Paralympic quotas.
Last year Avani had alreday won a Paralympic quota in this event at the World Cup in Chateauroux, France after winning the gold with a world record of 250.6.
In August 2021, Avani bagged a gold in Women’s 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.