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Preview: All you need to know about the World Archery Para Championships

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on 11-09-2017 15:27

Great Britain’s archers topped the medal table at last year’s Paralympic Games in Rio, and they will be searching for more silverware as the World Archery Para Championships get underway this week.

At the last edition of the championships, in Donaueschingen in 2015, Great Britain picked up ten medals, including two golds, with only China and the USA achieving more.

Nine Brits will head out to Beijing for the World Championships, including five Rio medallists, and here is what we can expect.

What they said

“Once you win a Paralympic medal, everyone in the archery world knows who you are,” said Jodie Grinham, who won silver in the mixed team compound.

“We’re always going to have that target on our back, but that just makes the competition that little bit more fierce.

“I absolutely thrive off the adrenaline in competitions, it just makes me shoot better.

“I’d love to come back from Beijing with an individual medal, but just as I am getting better, the rest of the world is getting better.

“With it being the first year of the new cycle, staying in the top eight would be my next aim, so that I then have time to progress towards that medal in Tokyo.”

The history

The first World Archery Para Championships took place in 1998 in Stoke Mandeville – the birthplace of the Paralympic movement.

Anita Chapman, a five-time Paralympic medallist in the sport, became Great Britain’s first world champion in that year, before retaining her recurve title in 1999, while Kathy Critchlow-Smith also won W2 gold.

At the 2015 World Championships, Jo Frith and John Walker won W1 mixed team gold, while they also both won silver in the individual competition.

The schedule

Beginning on Tuesday 12 September, the World Archery Para Championships in Beijing will run through until the end of the weekend, although competition doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday.

The full schedule can be viewed here, with the medal matches set to take place over the weekend.

The squad

John Walker

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Gold in W1 individual; Gold in W1 mixed team
Donaueschingen 2015 World Championships – Silver in W1 individual; Gold in W1 mixed team

John Stubbs

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Silver in mixed team compound
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games – Gold in individual compound
Donaueschingen 2015 World Championships – Silver in mixed team compound; Bronze in individual compound
Bangkok 2013 World Championships – Gold in individual compound; Gold in men’s team compound

Nathan MacQueen

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Ninth in individual compound

Jodie Grinham

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Silver in mixed team compound

Phoebe Pine

World Championship debut

Jess Stretton

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Gold in W1 individual
Donauschingen 2015 World Championships – Bronze in W1 individual

Victoria Rumary

World Championship debut

Jo Frith

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Silver in W1 individual; Gold in W1 mixed team
Donaueschingen 2015 World Championships – Silver in W1 individual; Gold in W1 mixed team

John Cavanagh

Athens 2004 Paralympic Games – Gold in W1 individual
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games – Silver in W1 individual

How to follow

You will be able to follow the action as it happens here, or on the World Archery site.

There will also be live coverage on the ParalympicsGB Twitter account, and a daily wrap of the action on the website.

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