Avani Lekhara wins gold with World Record at Para Shooting World Cup, books Paris 2024 quota

India's Avani Lekhara won gold at the Chateauroux Para Shooting World Cup with a world record score of 250.6 in women's 10m air rifle standing SH1 on Tuesday.

File Photo of Avani Lekhara in action.   -  Getty Images

India's Avani Lekhara won gold at the Chateauroux Para Shooting World Cup with a world record score of 250.6 in women's 10m air rifle standing SH1 on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old broke her own world record of 249.6 and ensure herself a spot at the Paris Paralympics 2024. Poland's Emilia Babska bagged the silver medal with a total of 247.6, while the bronze went to Anna Normann of Sweden with a total of 225.6

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SH1 category is for athletes with lower limb impairment for competition in rifle events.

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, Lekhara bagged a gold in the 10m air rifle standing event in the SH1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics. She followed it up with a bronze in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 event, making her the first Indian woman to win multiple medals at the Paralympics.

(With inputs from PTI)

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