TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES
US bilateral arm amputee Matt Stutzman holds multiple world records in archery, including the longest accurate shot of all time by any archer, able-bodied or disabled. He did not medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, after earning silver in 2012 at London. The US Archery team won one medal at Rio, a gold by paraplegic archer Andre Shelby.
USA AMPUTEE ARCHERS
Para archery is divided into two classifications: W1 and Open.
W1: Archers in the W1 classification compete in a wheelchair because their impairment includes the loss of leg and trunk function. Their arms also show a loss of muscle strength, coordination, or range of movement. For example, one impairment that might fit this sport class profile is tetraplegia.
Open: The Open classification combines the prior classifications of W2 and ST. In the new Open classification, athletes may compete either standing or using a wheelchair. Archers position themselves at a 90-degree angle to the target and may use body support. They have a strong activity limitation in their trunk and legs due to leg-length difference, limb deficiency or impairments that affect their arms and trunk.
For complete classification, see the International Paralympic Committee’s Classification Guide for Archery.
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