Pine, He qualify for 2022 World Games with Paralympic wins

Phoebe Pine and He Zihao shoot at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Great Britain’s Phoebe Pine and China’s He Zihao have won quota spots for the 2022 World Games in Birmingham by taking the individual gold medals in the compound events at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

The places are non-transferable – meaning they can only be filled by the Paralympic Champions.

Compound archers at the World Games have competed in the discipline of target archery since 2013. Individual events are held for 26 men and 26 women as well as a mixed team competition.

Four places are reserved for para athletes, two for the winners of the Paralympics and two for representatives from the host country.

Stephan Hansen, Sara Lopez and Denmark are the reigning champions from Wroclaw in 2017.

The upcoming World Games in Birmingham was initially scheduled to take place this year but were delayed by 12 months after the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo were postponed to 2021.

Qualification for the field archery events – which includes competitions for recurve and barebow archers – started back in 2018.

Qualification for the target archery events started earlier in 2021, with the individual podium finishers at the European Championships in Antalya securing quotas for their nations, and will conclude by the end of the year.

Quota by country – Birmingham 2022 World Games

Accurate as of 2 September 2021. Changes marked in italics.

Target archery (compound only)

  • CHN flag China: 1 (1 para man – He Zihao)
  • DEN flag Denmark: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
  • GBR flag Great Britain: 2 (1 woman, 1 para woman – Phoebe Pine)
  • NED flag Netherlands: 1 (1 woman)
  • POL flag Poland: 1 (1 man)
  • TUR flag Turkey: 1 (1 man)
  • USA flag USA: 4 (1 man, 1 para man, 1 woman, 1 para woman)

Field archery

  • GER flag Germany: 1 (1 recurve woman – Lisa Unruh)
  • JPN flag Japan: 1 (1 recurve man – Wataru Oonuki)
  • SWE flag Sweden: 2 (1 barebow man – Erik Jonsson, 1 barebow woman – Lina Bjorklund)
  • USA flag USA: 4 (1 barebow man, 1 barebow woman, 1 recurve man, 1 recurve woman)