Preview: Recurve events at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
We’re previewing the last event of the upcoming Games in Tokyo first.
The Paralympics is not yet broadcast as widely as the Olympics – although that’s quickly changing – and archery has never been available live to rightsholders before. But for the first time at the Games, the recurve events will be. (Not on World Archery’s YouTube channel, sorry! We’re not one of them.)
This means that millions will be able to watch whether Zahra Nemati can make it three Paralympic titles in a row, the performances of emerging nations like India and Mexico, and the increasingly exciting mixed team title fight.
An impressive 30 different countries are fielding athletes in the recurve events at these Games.
What’s happening? The recurve events at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with finals on 2-4 September 2021.
What’s at stake? Three Paralympic titles in men’s individual, women’s individual and mixed team competitions.
Who’s competing? 32 men, 24 women and 13 mixed teams.
What’s the story? Iranian archer Zahra Nemati has won back-to-back golds at the Paralympic Games. Three in a row would be historic. She has plenty of competition, not least from long-time nemesis Wu Chunyan of China.
Correct as of 19 August 2021. Nations in bold also compete in the mixed team event.
- Australia: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Taymon Kenton-Smith, Imalia Oktrinida
- Bhutan: 1 (1 man) – Rigsel Pema
- Brazil: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Alves Roca Heriberto, Fabiola Dergovics
- China: 4 (2 men, 2 women) – Wang Sijun, Zhao Lixue, Gao Fangxia, Wu Chunyan
- Colombia: 1 (1 woman) – Maria Daza
- Czech Republic: 1 (1 man) – Kostal Vaclav
- France: 1 (1 man) – Guillaume Toucoullet
- Great Britain: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – David Phillips, Hazel Chaisty
- Germany: 1 (1 man) – Maik Szarszewski
- Greece: 1 (1 woman) – Dorothea Poimenidou
- India: 2 (2 men) – Harvinder Singh, Chikara Vivek
- Iran: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Gholamreza Rahimi, Zahra Nemati
- Iraq: 1 (1 woman) – Zaman Al-Saedi
- Italy: 3 (1 man, 2 women) – Stefano Travisani, Elisabetta Mijno, Vincenza Petrilli
- Japan: 3 (2 men, 1 woman) – Hasegawa Takahiro, Ueyama Tomohiro, Shigesada Chika
- Korea: 3 (1 man, 2 women) – Kim Min Su, Jo Jang Moon, Kim Ran Sook
- Latvia: 1 (1 woman) – Ieva Melle
- Malaysia: 1 (1 man) – Suresh Selvathamby
- Mexico: 1 (1 man) – Samuel Molina
- Mongolia: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Selengee Demberel, Munkbaatar Namjilmaa
- Poland: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Lukasz Ciszek, Milena Olszewska
- Romania: 1 (1 man) – Eugen Patru
- RPC: 5 (3 men, 2 women) – Kirill Smirnov, Bato Tsydendorzhiev, Anton Ziapev, Svetlana Barantseva, Sidorenko
- Slovenia: 1 (1 man) – Dejan Fabcic
- Sri Lanka: 1 (1 man) – Megahamuela Gadara Sampath Bandara
- Slovakia: 1 (1 man) – David Ivan
- Thailand: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Hanreuchai Netsiri, Phattharaphon Pattawaeo
- Turkey: 4 (2 men, 2 women) – Vedat Aksoy, Sadik Savas, Zehra Ozbey, Yagmur Sengul
- Ukraine: 1 (1 woman) – Roksolana Dzoba-Baylan
- USA: 3 (2 men, 1 woman) – Eric Bennett, Kevin Mather, Emma Rose Ravish
Archers competing in the recurve division at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have an open classification, meaning they usually have impairment in either the top or bottom half or one side of their bodies.
There are individual and mixed team events. A mixed team consists of two archers, one man and one woman, from the same nation.
Recurve archers shoot over a distance of 70 metres at targets measuring 122 centimetres in diameter, aiming to hit a 10-ring measuring just 12.2 centimetres in diameter.
Archers and mixed teams are seeded on the results of qualifying, which consists of 72 arrows shot for total score on 27 August, and progress through head-to-head brackets, in which the winner of each match advances and the loser is eliminated until a champion is crowned.
Recurve matches are decided using the set system, in which the goal is to accrue a certain number of set points. The goal is six set points in individual matches and five set points in mixed team matches.
An individual set consists of three arrows and a mixed team set consists of four arrows, two per archer. The individual or nation with the highest arrow score – combined points values of all the arrows – in a set receives two set points. If the arrow scores are tied, both archers or nations receive one set point.
If an individual match is tied at 5-5 after five sets or a mixed team match tied at 4-4 after four sets, then the match is sent to a tiebreak or shoot-off.
Each archer shoots an arrow. In an individual match, the archer whose arrow lands closest to the middle of the target wins the match. In a mixed team match, the nation that has the highest score with its two arrows wins the match but, if tied, victory goes to whichever nation has an arrow closer to the middle of the target.