Para shooter Avani Lekhara on Monday qualified for the women's SH1 air rifle 10m final after finishing seventh in the qualification round of the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. Lekhara finished seventh in the qualification with a score of 621.7.
China's Cuiping Zhang topped the qualification with a score of 626.0. The top 8 participants will compete in the 10m air rifle final at 7.30am IST .
Lekhara made a wayward start in the qualification round, but made a good recovery to advance to the finals. She registered scores of 104.9 and 104.8 in her third and fourth attempt respectively before finishing the qualification with a score of 104.1 in her final attempt.
Lekhara met with a car accident in 2012 at the age of 11 and suffered injuries to her spinal cord, which resulted in Paraplegia - or paralysis that affects all or parts of the torso, legs and pelvic organs.
However, she felt a connection with shooting after her father took her to a shooting range. She took inspiration from Abhinav Bindra's gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics and has since wanted to emulate her idol and win a gold medal for India.
Meanwhile, India opened its medal account in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday, with para table tennis player Bhavina Patel securing silver after losing to China's Zhou Ying in the women's singles final.
High jumper Nishad Kumar then clinched a second silver medal for India, finishing second in the T47 event before the celebrations were marred as discus thrower Vinod Kumar's bronze medal-winning result was put on hold due to contentions over his disability classification.
Vinod's classification in F52, which is for athletes with impaired muscle power, restricted range of movement, limb deficiency or leg length difference, was done on August 22 by the organisers.
It was not clear on what grounds the classification has been challenged.