India has won seven medals so far in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics, which started on 25 August. On 29 August, Indian paralympians Bhavina Patel, Vinod Kumar, and Nishad Kumar won silver and bronze medals in their respective sports.
Shooter Avani Lekhara made history on Monday by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics in the women’s 10-metre air rifle standing SH1 event.
Overall, she is the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold after swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016), and high jumper Thangavelu Mariyappan (2016).
Aside from Lekhara’s triumph, Yogesh Kathunia won a silver medal in discus throw, and Devendra Jhajharia and Sunder Singh took home silver and bronze medals respectively in the javelin throw on Monday.
Twitter has since been inundated with congratulatory messages for the athletes over ther sporting triumphs at the international event.