Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Avani Lekhara wins Bronze in 50m Rifle, Praveen Kumar clinches Silver in High Jump
Tokyo: India's medal continues to improve on Friday as Avani Lekhara won the Bronze medal in R8 Women's 50m Rifle 3P SH1 and Praveen Kumar (Sport Class T44) bagged Silver medal in the Men's High Jump (T64) at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.
On winning the Silver medal, Praveen Kumar said, "I performed my personal best. I would like to thank my coach, Dr. Satyapal Singh who has supported and motivated me. I also want to thank SAI, PCI and my family."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Praveen Kumar and Avani Lekhara on winning the Silver and Bronze medals, respectively.
Avani Lekhara became the first Indian woman to win two medals at the Paralympics.
Last week, Avani Lekhara clinched Gold in the 10m Air rifle standing at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. She is currently World No 5 in Women's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 and has competed in the 2018 Asian Para Games.
Also, Praveen Kumar became the youngest Indian ever to win a medal at the Paralympics. Praveen, 18, won the Silver with the Asian record of 2.07m.
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Praveen Kumar on winning the Silver medal in the men's high jump. "Your silver medal in men's high jump with a new Asian record has brought joy to every sport loving Indian," President Kovind said.