The first wheelchair archery medals were decided today as action continued at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
On day five of the Games in Sharjah, gold medals were awarded in the men’s and women’s recurve and the men’s compound at the Al Thiqa Club for the Handicapped.
In the men’s compound, South Korea picked up all three medals as Lee Ouk Soo won the gold.
The Rio 2016 bronze medallist triumphed with a score of 674 points, which saw him beat his compatriots Go Sung Kil and Kweon Hyun Ju.
Kil finished second with a score of 668, just one point better than the 2018 Asian Para Games bronze medallist Ju.
In the men’s recurve, Thailand won gold and silver through Netsiri Manreuchai and Chaipoon Boonvarit.
Manreuchai won with a score of 626, seven points ahead of his compatriot.
South Korea gained their fourth archery medal of the Games through Kwak Geonhwi who scored 616 points for the bronze medal.
In the women’s recurve which featured only two athletes, India’s Pooja won with a score of 558 points.
That saw her beat Thailand’s Khuthawisab Wasana who scored 435 points.
Elsewhere at the Games, athletics action continued at the Althiqah Club and South Africa’s Sheryl James picked up her third medal.
James, who has already gained a silver in both the women’s T37/38/45 200 and 100 metres, claimed gold today in the T37/38/47 400m.
She won that in 61.40sec.
Another South African took silver in the form of Jessica Marggraf abd Germany’s Isabelle Foerder, winner of bronze in the 200m and 100m, came third again.
On a day which heavily featured 400m action the men’s T37/43/62 final was won by Algeria’s two-time Paralympic medallist Sofiane Hamdi in 55.16.
South Africa picked up another medal through Daniel Du Plessis, who came second in 56.62, and the bronze went to Greece through Ioannis Sevdikalis in 60.53.
Four men’s wheelchair 400m finals also went ahead, including in the T33/34 division in which the UAE’s Mohammed Al Hammadi won the gold medal on his home track.
The three-time Paralympic medallist, winner of the gold medal in the T34 800m at Rio 2016, triumphed in 52.72.
Tomorrow the Games are due to come to an end with further athletics and archery action.
At the athletics track Hammadi will go for gold once again in his preferred event, the 800m.