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Paralympics: PM Modi Lauds Avani Lekhara, Yogesh Kathuniya’s Medal-Winning Finish

Indian shooter Avani Lekhara and discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya put up medal-winning performances at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics for India.

Shooter Avani Lekhara and discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya received words of praises from PM Narendra Modi (Photo Credit: File)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Indian shooter Avani Lekhara and discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya for their medal-winning performance at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics for India.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi congratulated Lekhara for winning a gold for India.

“Phenomenal performance @AvaniLekhara! Congratulations on winning a hard-earned and well-deserved Gold, made possible due to your industrious nature and passion towards shooting. This is truly a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes for your future endeavours,” PM Modi tweeted.

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Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also lauded Kathuniya for winning a silver medal at the ongoing Paralympics in Tokyo.

PM Modi tweeted, “Outstanding performance by Yogesh Kathuniya. Delighted he brings home the Silver medal. His exemplary success will motivate budding athletes. Congrats to him. Wishing him the very best for his future #Paralympics”.

Shooter Lekhara scripted history as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event. 

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The 19-year-old finished with a world record-equalling total of 249.6, which is also a new Paralympic record.

Lekhara is also 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).

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In other news, discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya clinched a silver medal in the men’s F56 event.

24-year-old Kathuniya, a B.Com graduate from New Delhi’s Kirorimal College, sent the disc to the best distance of 44.38m in his sixth and last attempt to clinch the silver. On Sunday, India had picked up a silver (high jump) and a bronze (discus throw), which is on hold due to a protest.

Son of an Army man, Kathuniya suffered a paralytic attack at the age of eight which left him with coordination impairments in his limbs. 

(With PTI Inputs)

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