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New W1 para archery sport class growing, three months since introduction

Lausanne (SUI) - Monday, June 30, 2014
Nove Mesto’s annual para archery ranking event had three registrations for the new women’s W1 competition class.

Representing Great Britain and Italy, the women’s W1 entrants were one short of the required four for a separate competition. Instead, the trio combined with the men to shoot in a universal W1 division.

All three women qualified strongly, but were narrowly beaten in the first eliminations round.

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Champion David DRAHONINSKY (CZE) clinched W1 gold with a shoot-off win over Great Britain’s John CAVANAGH in the final. This came after a pair of new world records during the qualfiication and elimination stages.

W1 sport class archers shoot at 50 metres with either a recurve or compound bow limited to 45lbs draw weight. Athletes may not use levelling devices, peep sights or scopes – and the division is gaining popularity since its introduction on 1 April this year.

Two major continental tournaments remain on the para calendar in 2014. European titles will be redistributed in Nottwil, Switzerland from 26 July to 3 August, while there are already over 130 archery entries for the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games multisport event in October.

Both Incheon and Nottwil are national team tournaments, but the first open entry Indoor Archery Para World Cup is scheduled for later this year. Held in conjunction with the second stage of the Indoor World Cup from 6-9 December, para athletes are encouraged to register for the Bangkok event early.

Continued improvements in para archery competition structure and competitiveness are a result of member associations’ continued work with disability groups within their own countries and success in encouraging impaired individuals to take up archery. 

See results from Nove Mesto online and watch videos of the team and individual finals on YouTube.

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