Korea leads archery medals at 2019 wheelchair and amputee games
Images courtesy IWAS World Games 2019.
The 2019 edition of the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Games brought more than 500 athletes from 50 countries to compete across seven sports in Sharjah, UAE on 12-16 February.
Archery took place at the Althiqah Club for the Disabled for the last four days of the multisport event.
Korea was dominant in the compound men’s open and men’s W1 competitions.
“I would still like to win a gold medal in an individual category at the Paralympics before my retirement as an archer,” said compound winner Lee.
Korea’s para team train five days a week at a centre run by the nation’s disabled veterans sports council.
The recurve men’s open event saw Thailand’s Hanreuchai Netsiri beat Korea’s Kwak Geonhwi, 6-4, in the gold medal match. Boonyarit Chaipoon secured a second spot on the podium for Thailand, dispatching Kim Kanghun in straight sets in the bronze final.
The two nations split the two mixed team titles at stake in Sharjah; Thailand took recurve gold, Korea the compound title.
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports World Games is an annual multisport event for athletes with impairment and another legacy of the International Stoke Mandeville Games, the forerunner of the Paralympic Games.