India celebrate Avni Lakhera’s historic feat at Tokyo Paralympics; athlete wins first-ever Gold for country; equals world record


Avni Lakhera on Monday created history at the Tokyo Paralympics when she won the country’s first-ever Gold by equalling the world record in the women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing (SH1) event. She achieved the feat with a score of 249.6.

This was India’s fourth medal at the Paralympic Games after Bhavina Patel won Silver in table tennis and Nishad Kumar and Vinod Kumar won Silver and Bronze in the Men’s High Jump and Discus Throw events respectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly spoke to Avni to congratulate her on the historic feat. “Phenomenal performance @AvaniLekhara! Congratulations on winning a hard-earned and well-deserved Gold, made possible due to your industrious nature and passion towards shooting. This is truly a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes for your future endeavour,” Modi wrote on Twitter.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Morning starts with the great news of Avni Lakhera winning #Gold. Big Congratulations! Another daughter makes India proud. #TokyoParalympics.”

Here’s how netizens reacted to Avni’s extraordinary achievement at the Paralympic Games.