Avani Lakhera: Accident at the age of 11, first medal with a borrowed rifle… Know who is paralympics ‘Golden Girl’

Avani Lakhera of India has won the gold medal in shooting at the Tokyo Paralympics. This is India’s first gold medal in shooting in the history of the Paralympics. Avani lakhera started shooting in 2015. Till now Avani has won gold in many tournaments.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Avani lakhera- Golden Girl of India
Avani lakhera- Golden Girl of India

The account of India’s gold medal in the Tokyo Paralympics has been opened. This account has been opened by India’s female shooter Avani Lekhara, who registered a golden victory for the country by setting a Paralympics record in the 10m air standings. Avani Lekhara secured 249.6 points in the final, which is a new record in the history of the Paralympics Games. Avni was given a tough competition by the Chinese shooter in the final. But then she defeated them with her perfect target. Chinese female shooter Zhang finished second with 248.9 points and won the silver medal.

What happened with the Avani Lakhera in 2012

Her father has a big hand behind the place Avani is at today. Born on 8 November 2001 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, there was a big turning point in Avani’s life in 2012. When Avani was 11 years old, she suffered a serious spinal injury in a car accident. After this, she came in a wheelchair forever. However, she never let her weakness come in the way and started focusing on her studies.

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Shooting started in 2015

Avani lakhera- Golden Girl of India
Avani lakhera- Golden Girl of India

Avani used to focus on studies and her father wanted her to focus on sports as well. His father told her to try both shooting and archery. Avani had told in an interview, ‘In 2015, my father had taken to both shooting and archery and I tried both but After holding the rifle for the first time, I felt more involved in the shooting.

Who is the Mentor of Avani Lakhera

Abhinav Bindra is also one of the reasons for choosing her shooting. Avani lakhera read Abhinav Bindra’s biography ‘A Shot at History’, after which she became more serious about shooting. Avani started training for shooting in 2015 from Jagatpura Sports Complex in Jaipur.

What Abhinav Bindra Said to Avani Lakhera

Abhinav Bindra congratulated Avani. He tweeted, ‘Gold is there! Avani Lakhera’s stellar performance won India its first Paralympic gold medal in shooting. Very proud! Congratulations!

The first medal won with a borrowed rifle

Avani lakhera- Golden Girl of India
Avani lakhera- Golden Girl of India

Avani lakhera started her training in 2015 and after few months she participated in Rajasthan State Championship and won gold. Avani had borrowed a rifle from her coach for this championship. A few months later, Avani won the bronze medal in the national championship. Between 2016 and 2020, Avani won the gold medal 5 times in the National Shooting Championship. In the same year in the Para Shooting World Cup held in UAE, Avani lakhera won the silver medal.

Family of Avani Lakhera

Avani’s father Praveen Lakhera is posted in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan. He is a RAS officer in the Revenue Department. Avni’s father Praveen said that this is the result of continuous hard work for months.

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