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Paralympic double medal-winning shooter Avani Lekhara becomes World No. 1

2020 Tokyo Paralympics - Day 6 Avani Lekhara In Action
2020 Tokyo Paralympics - Day 6 Avani Lekhara In Action

Avani Lekhara won two medals at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics last year. Since then, the ace Indian shooter has not had to look back. She has gone from strength to strength and the 20-year-old is now the World No. 1 in two disciplines, according to the World Shooting Para Sport Rankings.

The 20-year-old is the No. 1 in both the R2 - Women's 10m Air Rifle SH1 and the R8 - Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 shooting events.

Expressing her joy at achieving this feat, Lekhara tweeted:

"Very happy to have achieved the Number 1 World Ranking in both the R2 - 10M Air Rifle Women’s SH1 and R8 - 50M Rifle 3 Positions Women’s events. Immensely motivated by this achievement!"

India performed admirably in the recently concluded 2022 Para Shooting World Cup in Chateauroux, France. The para-shooting team finished second in the medal tally amongst 51 countries. They returned home with six gold, five silver and one bronze medal.

Lekhara led the victory charge with two gold medals at the event. She bagged a gold medal in the women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 category at the Chateauroux World Cup. She also registered a world record along the way after scoring 250.6 points on Tuesday (June 8).

Avani bettered her own world record of 249.6 to secure a 2024 Paris Paralympics berth.

The 20-year-old then extended her medal winning streak by fetching another gold medal in the women's R8 50m 3P SH1 event with a score of 458.3.

Very happy to have achieved the Number 1 World Ranking in both the R2 - 10M Air Rifle Women’s SH1 and R8 - 50M Rifle 3 Positions Women’s events. Immensely motivated by this achievement! 🥇 https://t.co/99PwnMEEaV

Twitter reacts as Shooter Avani Lekhara becomes World No 1:

Congratulatory messages poured in for Indian shooter Avani Lekhara.

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur hailed the World No 1.

Remarkable Rise ! Well done Avani ! twitter.com/avanilekhara/s…

Hardeep Singh Puri, an Indian politician and former Indian diplomat who is currently serving as the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs in the Government of India, congratulated Avani.

Proud moment for India 🇮🇳 Shooter @AvaniLekhara achieves Number-1 World Ranking in both R2- 10M Air Rifle Women’s SH1 & R8- 50M Rifle 3 Positions Women’s events. Our youth are shining bright on the global stage. Perfect role models.Well done Avani 👍💪 Congratulations! https://t.co/ju03IYy5Q0

The Royal Challengers Bangalore's official handle also greeted the 20-year-old achieving World No 1 ranking.

Congratulations @AvaniLekhara on becoming World No.1️⃣ in the R2 - 10M Air Rifle Women’s SH1 and R8 - 50M Rifle 3 Positions Women’s events. 👏🏻👏🏻We are extremely proud of you. ❤️#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers https://t.co/qqVqLhndKE
Many Congratulations Champ @AvaniLekhara 👏🏻Keep shining and making the Nation Proud 🇮🇳 twitter.com/avanilekhara/s…
@AvaniLekhara 🔝 no.1 💪Proud of you dear avani… aapne hum spinal cord injury waalo ka honsla double kar diya… #spinalcordinjury #avanilekhara https://t.co/QGhH1FiCt7
#BSF Rajasthan congratulates shooter @AvaniLekhara on achieving the feat of Number 1 World Ranking in both the R2- 10M Air Rifle Women's SH1 and R8 -50M Rifle 3 Positions Women's events. Proud Moment for Nation 🥇 🇮🇳 https://t.co/ej1OairjK6
Paralympics Gold Medalist @AvaniLekhara achieved the Number 1 World Ranking in both the R2 - 10M Air Rifle Women’s SH1 and R8 - 50M Rifle 3 Positions Women’s events. https://t.co/2MT37Iwak0
Congratulations to Shooter @AvaniLekhara !Proud moment for 🇮🇳! twitter.com/avanilekhara/s…

Also read: Para Shooting World Cup 2022: Avani Lekhara bags double gold, India end World Cup campaign with 12 medals

Edited by Diptanil Roy
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