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Tokyo Paralympics: Avani Lekhara leads Indian contingent during closing ceremony

Here's everything from the event which marks the end of the Games. The next stop is Paris 2024
Colourful scenes from the closing ceremony.

Our Bureau   |   Published 05.09.21, 04:46 PM

As flag bearer of India, 19-year-old Avani Lekhara led the country's contingent at the Tokyo Paralympics closing ceremony on Sunday.

The country's latest shooting sensation had won a gold in R-2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event on Monday before claiming the 50m Rifle 3 Position SH1 bronze on Friday. Lekhara, who was paralysed below the waist after a car accident in 2012, is only the Indian to win multiple medals in a single edition of the Games.

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Here's the video of Avani carrying India's flag at the event:
 

Here are some snippets, including a message from India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

Before Lekhara, Joginder Singh Sodhi had won a silver and two bronze medals in the 1984 Paralympics. Another shooter, Singhraj Adana, joined the exclusive club on Saturday when he added a silver in P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 event to the bronze in the P1 men's 10m air pistol SH1 event he won on Tuesday.

Shot-putter Tek Chand was India's flag-bearer for the Paralympics opening ceremony on August 24 after he replaced high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu in the last minute.

Mariyappan, who won a silver here, was quarantined along with five other Indians after coming in close contact of a Covid positive person during his flight to Tokyo.

(With PTI inputs)



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