The parasport shooting competition begins on August 30, day 6 of the Paralympic Games. And some of the top contenders to watch out for are Abdulla Sultan Alaryani of the United Arab Emirates and Slovakia Veronika Vadovicova. Other big names in several sports are to watch this Monday.
Alaryani’s first gold medal was in the R6 (50m mixed rifle subject SH1) in London 2012, and he won three more silver medals in Rio – R6, R7 (50m rifle men 3 positions SH1) and R1 (10 m men standing air rifle SH1). For veteran Vadicova, this will be her sixth Paralympic Games and she is aiming for her fourth gold medal. The Slovakian enters as the reigning champion in the R3 (10m mixed air rifle SH1) and R2 (10m air rifle standing SH1).
Other great athletes to watch are British archer Jessica Stratton, surprise winner in the W1 women’s individual compound at Rio 2016. Boccia player Grigorios Polychronidis is in his fourth Games aiming to clinch his first title individual Paralympic. He won the 2018 world championships and the European title the following year.
Abdulla Sultan Alaryani (UAE)
Alaryani was once known as the ‘King of the 50 meters’ and, for good reason, won a medal off at the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Paralympic Games. His gold in the R6 (mixed 50m rifle SH1) in London has got things started, and Alaryani has remained a force to be reckoned with ever since. He won three silver medals in Rio – R6, R7 (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1) and R1 (air rifle 10m men standing SH1), and he no doubt hopes to turn them into gold at Tokyo 2020. He proved he can, especially after a memorable performance at the 2018 World Championships. In R7, Alaryani battled illness to win with over 10 points. He also won the R6, once again showing his keenness in the 50m.
Veronika Vadovicova (SVK)
A veteran and legend in the making, Vadovicova made her international debut in 1999 and has always been the one many rifle shooters aim to beat. One of the sport’s all-time greats, the Slovakian continues to fend off challengers as she takes on the next generation of sports stars. She will look to add a fourth Paralympic title in Tokyo, during her sixth consecutive Paralympic Games. Along the way, she set – and still holds – numerous records, including world and Paralympic records, and an incredible seven World Cup titles in 2017 alone. Scheduled to compete in nearly every rifle event in Tokyo, She will enter as the reigning champion in the R3 (10m mixed air rifle SH1) and R2 (10m air rifle standing SH1). Her 2019 world championships were not her best performance, coming away with just one gold in her four individual events – the R2 (SH1 standing women’s 10m air rifle). But expect her to stay as strong as ever this summer.
Jessica Stretton (GBR)
Stretton was a surprise winner in the W1 women’s individual event at Rio 2016 as the youngest archer in competition. In Tokyo 2020, the challenge will be much greater. Not only does Stretton gain more attention as a returning Paralympic champion, but she hopes to repeat the feat in a new division. The 21-year-old recently switched to the compound open where she won silver at the 2019 Worlds, setting a new world record throughout.
Grigorios Polychronidis (GRE)
Polychronidis, who is also called Greg, entered boccia with the dream of competing in his Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004. This dream came true after finding himself in the quarterfinals of the individual BC3 event. in Athens. But reaching the Paralympic Games was not the end goal. Over the next three Paralympic Games, Polychronidis felt the heartache of missing out on an individual title. The Greek eventually clinched his first major individual gold medal at the 2018 World Championships, where he defeated South Korean Howon Jeong, the same opponent he lost to in the gold medal match at the Paralympics. 2016. After a European title in 2019, the veteran athlete has experience on his side as he strives for Paralympic glory.
Bolo Triyanto (INA)
Triyanto continues to prove why it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. He came to parasport shooting after finishing his track and field career to compete in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games. There for more than just competing, Triyanto returned home with a pair of medals, silver in R4 (rifle to compressed air 10m mixed standing SH2) and bronze in R5 (compressed air rifle 10m mixed SH2). While missing the podium at the 2018 Asian Paralympic Games at home, he recently finished in the top five at the World Cup in Lima this summer. Triyanto trains with his wife, who also represents the Indonesian national team and hopes to join him in competing in the Tokyo Paralympic Games this summer.
Jaryd Clifford (AUS)
The Australian made his Paralympic debut at just 17 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016, finishing seventh in the T13 1500m and 5000m. Five years later, he arrives in Tokyo as the man to beat in the T13 middle distance races after winning gold in both events at Dubai 2019, as well as setting a new world record in the 1,500m. .
Mansour Pourmirzaei (IRI)
There will only be one Siamand Rahman, known as the strongest Paralympian of all time, who sadly passed away in March 2020. But Pourmirzaei seeks to honor his compatriot’s legacy as he charts his own. track in the category of men over 107 kg. Pourmirzaei had generally finished behind Rahman, whose world record of 310 kg lifting is unmatched since 2016. Going at his own pace, Pourmirzaei has shown his own strength, recently winning the 2021 Bangkok World Cup with a lift of 249 kg. . Tokyo 2020 will be its first Games.
David Drahoninsky (CZE)
Drahoninsky is a model of consistency in para archery. His long list of accolades dates back to his gold medal in individual compound W1 men in Beijing 2008. He followed with two silver medals in the same event in London 2012 and Rio 2016. After nearly two decades in the sport, the world number one. 2 is still in top competitive form, most recently winning the bronze medal at the 2019 Worlds.
Ihar Boki (BLR)
Boki is in great shape for Tokyo, having won six gold and one silver at the June European Championships in Madeira. He also broke two world records in the men’s 100m butterfly S13 and the 200m individual medley SM13. The visually impaired swimmer demonstrated his excellence when he won four world titles in 2010. His dominance in London 2012, his first Paralympic Games, saw him win five gold and one silver and break four records of the world in the men’s events S13. Having finished Rio 2016 with the most gold medals won by an athlete in any sport, the Belarusian hopes to be on the podium again in Tokyo.