Avani Lekhara (Born 8 November 2001) is an Indian Paralympian and rifle shooter. Lekhara is currently World No 5 in Women’s 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 (World Shooting Para Sport Rankings) and has competed in the 2018 Asian Para Games. She has been supported by GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme.
Paralympic Gold Medal
Avani Lekhara on Monday won India’s first medal in shooting at the Tokyo Paralympics in the women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event.She won the gold medal & equaled the world record with a total score of 249.6 in the final. This brings fourth medal for India at the Paralympic event in Tokyo .
Avani Lekhara is the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold in the history of India. She is the first women to have won gold Medal at the Paralympics for India.
She qualified for the finals in the qualification round in 7th place with an aggregate score of 621.7. She recorded good scores of 104.9, 104.8 in his third and fourth attempts to get into the game before scoring 104.1 in the final round of qualification.
Avani Lekhara lives at Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan . She finished her higher education in law at the University of Rajasthan. initially, she wants to pursue her career in archery. But she inspired to build a career in shooting after reading the book of indian Olympic gold medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra.
Choosing shooting was a good move for her. As a result, she got a gold medal at Tokyo Paralympic in shooting.
She began shooting in 2015 at Jagatpura Sports Complex in Jaipur, India. Her father encouraged her to get involved in a sport.
Avani Lekhara debuts her international career by Competing for India in world cup at Al Ain, UAE.
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
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|R6 – Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1||Qualification||2018-05-05||20|
|R3 – Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1||Qualification||2018-05-05||10|
|R8 – Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1||Qualification||2018-05-05||9|
|Team R6 – Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1||Qualification||2018-05-05||6|
Al Ain 2021
- Silver medal in R2 – women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 .
Tokyo Paralympics 2020
Won gold medal in 10m air rifle standing SH1 shooting .