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Indian team in historic display at Tokyo Paralympics

Indian athletes have put up a historical display at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo as they won five medals, including two golds, taking the country's total medal haul to eight.

Shooter Avani Lekhara marked a day to remember for all women and sports enthusiasts after becoming the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics gold medal.

The 19-year-old won with an impressive score of 149.6 in the final women's 10m air rifle standing at Tokyo. With this, Lekhara has set a new Paralympic record and has also equalled the world record.

Indian shooter Singhraj Adhana won bronze in the P1-Men's 10m Air Pistol SH1 final at Asaka Shooting Range, Tokyo.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, spoke to Singhraj Adhana and congratulated him on winning the Bronze medal in Tokyo Paralympics and termed the Games in Japan a "truly special moment for Indian sports".

He also took to Twitter to congratulate Adhana: "Exceptional performance by Singhraj Adhana! India's talented shooter brings home the coveted Bronze Medal. He has worked tremendously hard and achieved remarkable successes. Congratulations to him and best wishes for the endeavours ahead."

A second gold came from Sumit Antil, who registered a massive 68.55m in the javelin throw to beat his own world record.

Javelin throwers Devendra Jhajharia won silver, and Sundar Singh Gurjar won bronze. In the men's discus throw, Yogesh Kathuniya won silver.

India's previous best performance was at the 2016 Rio Games, when the contingent won four medals – two golds, one silver and one bronze.

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