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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

How Abhinav Bindra helped inspire Avani Lekhara to win Gold

From 2008 to 2021, this Gold Medal was all part of a beautifully woven story which Avani was a part of

Abhinav Bindra and Avani Lekhara

Abhinav Bindra and Avani Lekhara 


C.C. Chengappa

Updated: 30 Aug 2021 11:34 AM GMT

Inspirational to say the least for India's youngest ever Paralympian to win a medal. What tops it all is the battles that she faced to get to where she is today. From a horrific car accident in 2012 to winning gold just 9 years later, Avani has seen it all.

An unsung hero amongst all this is India's golden man Abhinav Bindra who has also played an instrumental role in getting Avani to where she is today. She read Abhinav Bindra's autobiography and was inspired to carry on her pursuit for shooting. Her wish was to do something similar to what he did for India and she has done exactly that by winning a gold medal at Tokyo Paralympics.

She was quoted saying, "The one person I have always looked up to is Abhinav Bindra for obvious reasons. I drew inspiration from his autobiography, amazed at how dedicated he was towards shooting. Then he went on to become the individual Olympic gold medallist, also wanted to do something similar for my country,".

Her efforts over the past 5 years have borne fruit as she has won medals at the World Cup and other national tournaments as well. This is one of the many milestones for Avani and it is only fate that shall see her achieve many more medals in the years to come.

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