The archery competition of the Tokyo Paralympic Games was held on August 27 – September 4 with six individual categories and three mixed team events.
The Americas were represented by 19 archers from 7 countries (Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States).
Kevin Mather from the United States, who placed 17th in the ranking round, won five consecutive matches versus archers from Romania, Iran, Turkey, India and China to claim the gold medal in the Recurve Men Open category. Tokyo was Kevin’s first appearance at a Paralympic Games.
Another newcomer to this type of event, Chile’ nineteen-year-old Mariana Zúñiga, competed in the Compound Women Open event. She ranked 14th with a personal best score of 671 points but demonstrated how strong she is at shooting matches as she beat very experienced archers from China (2), Turkey and the Russian Paralympic Committee in her 1/16, 1/8, 1/4 and semifinal duels. After securing the silver medal, Mariana was edged by 1 point by Britain’s Phoebe Paterson Pine.
The USA’s Lisa Coryell and Brazilians Helcio Luiz Jaime Gomes and Fabiola Dergovics finished in the top 8 as well.