Avani Lekhara, the Tokyo Paralympics winner, won gold in the Para Shooting World Cup in Chateauroux, France, with a world record score of 250.6 in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1. The 20-year-old shooter shattered her own world record of 249.6 to qualify for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. Emilia Babska of Poland won silver with a score of 247.6, while Anna Normann of Sweden took bronze with a score of 225.6.
- The SH1 category is for athletes competing in rifle events who have a lower limb handicap.
- Lekhara won the top prize three days after her coach and escort were denied visas and she was in danger of missing the tournament.
- Lekhara won gold in the 10m air rifle standing event in the SH1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics in August of last year.
- She then won bronze in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 event, becoming the first Indian woman to win multiple Paralympic medals.