Athletes in numbers: Jonas Jacobsson

Swedish athlete is the most successful shooter in Paralympic Games' history 07 Sep 2020
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Jonas Jacobsson showing one of the three gold medals he won at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
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By World Shooting Para Sport

No other male Paralympic athlete has won as many medals as Sweden’s Jonas Jacobson. 

The shooting Para sport star competed in ten consecutive Paralympic Games from 1980 to 2016 taking 30 medals in rifle events.

He retired after Rio 2016 at the age of 51.

Here below you can see the numbers behind of the Paralympics’ greatest.


The year Jacobsson was born in Norrkoping, Sweden.


The number of Paralympic gold medals won by the Swede. He also bagged four silver and nine bronze in the Games.



The final position for Sweden’s wheelchair basketball team at the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. Jacobsson was part of the team and also competed in shooting taking one gold and two bronze medals.

In 2017, following his retirement from shooting Para sport, Jacobsson returned to wheelchair basketball playing in the Swedish League with the Norrkoping Dolphins.


Jacobsson’s age when he made his Paralympic debut at Arnhem 1980 in the Netherlands. He went back home with one gold and one bronze.



The record number of gold medals won by the shooter in one edition of the Paralympic Games, at Athens 2004 (mixed air rifle prone SH1, men’s air rifle standing SH1, mixed free rifle prone SH1 and men’s free rifle 3x40 SH1).


The number of medals Jonas Jacobsson took in his last World Championships in Suhl, Germany in 2014 (2 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze).


The year he won his last Paralympic gold medal at the London Games, in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1.