Para Archer Pooja Khanna shall vouch for a medal in the Women’s Recurve Open at the Rio Paralympics today.
She begins her first match against Milena Olszewska of Poland, in the Round of 32.
Pooja Khanna, who was impaired in her legs by polio from in her childhood, started out as a para discus athlete. However, she was fascinated more by archery, and switched to the sport in 2010.
"First, I discussed it with other athletes and then I saw the shooting,” she explained.
“I love shooting. Everything about it – the aiming, shooting. All of it.’
She is the first Indian para archer to ever make the cut for the Paralympics.
She started in the ranking round on an impressive note with early scores of 47 and 50 pulling her in contention for the top spots. However, some sub standard performances in between pulled her way back to the 29th spot, with a meager score of 513.
She will be up against the 4th seeded Olszewska of Poland in the Round of 32 today, at 6:30 p.m. (as per Indian Standard Time).