Preview: W1 events at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

David Drahoninsky shoots at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In its current format, the W1 classification (and competition category) was introduced in 2014, after a review of the event structure and how athletes were grouped after the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Archers competing in the W1 events have the greatest level of impairment.

Great Britain dominated the medals in Rio but won’t this time around, with only a woman’s quota spot booked.

And the competition looks far fiercer, particularly in the women’s competition – where countries like Brazil, Japan, RPC and Turkey have added entries when compared to the start list from five years ago.

Key information

What’s happening? The W1 events at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with finals on 28, 30-31 August 2021.

What’s at stake? Three Paralympic titles in men’s individual, women’s individual and mixed team competitions.

Who’s competing? 12 men, 12 women and 7 mixed teams.

What’s the story? Great Britain dominated the newly-introduced W1 events at Rio 2016, taking all three gold medals. That won’t be the case in Tokyo after the nation failed to qualify a men’s quota. With seven mixed teams in play, expect the W1 competition to be fiercer – and podiums harder to come by.

Podium at Rio 2016

The men’s individual podium:

  1. John Walker, Great Britain
  2. David Drahoninsky, Czech Republic
  3. Peter Kinik, Slovakia

The women’s individual podium:

  1. Jessica Stretton, Great Britain
  2. Jo Frith, Great Britain
  3. Vicky Jenkins, Great Britain

The mixed team podium:

  1. GBR flag Great Britain
  2. KOR flag Korea
  3. CZE flag Czech Republic


Correct as of 19 August 2021. Nations in bold also compete in the mixed team event.

  • BRA flag Brazil: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Luiz Gomes, Rejane Candida de Silva
  • CHN flag China: 4 (2 men, 2 women) – Li Ji, Zhang Tianxin, Chen Minyi, Liu Jing
  • CZE flag Czech Republic: 3 (1 man, 2 women) – David Drahoninsky, Tereza Brandtlova, Sarka Musilova
  • GBR flag Great Britain: 1 (1 woman) – Victoria Rumary
  • HUN flag Hungary: 1 (1 man) – Tamas Gaspar
  • IRI flag Iran: 1 (1 man) – Mohammadreza Zandi
  • ITA flag Italy: 1 (1 woman) – Asia Pellizzari
  • JPN flag Japan: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Kohji Oyama, Aiko Okazaki
  • KOR flag Korea: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Koo Dong Sub, Kim Ok Geum
  • RAF flag RPC: 2 (1 man, 1 woman) – Aleksei Leonov, Elena Krutova
  • RSA flag South Africa: 1 (1 man) – Shaun Anderson
  • TUR flag Turkey: 3 (2 men, 1 woman) – Bahattin Hekimoglu, Nihat Turkmenoglu, Fatma Danabas
  • USA flag USA: 1 (1 woman) – Lisa Coryell


Archers competing in the W1 division at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have a W1 classification, meaning they usually have impairment in the top and bottom halves of their bodies, torso and at least three limbs.

There are individual and mixed team events. A mixed team consists of two archers, one man and one woman, from the same nation.

W1 archers shoot over a distance of 50 metres at targets measuring 80 centimetres in diameter, aiming to hit a 10-ring measuring just eight 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.

W1 matches are decided using cumulative scoring, in which the goal is to have the highest points total after a certain number of arrows. That number is 15 arrows, split into five ends of three, in individual matches and 16 arrows, split into four ends of four, in mixed team matches.

If an individual match is tied 15 arrows or a mixed team match tied after 16 arrows, 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.