Paralympic stars and newcomers will take the centre stage on day two of shooting Para sport competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on Tuesday, 31 August.
Two finals will be played on day two with Paralympic legends Sareh Javanmardi of Iran and China’s Yang Chao to be the biggest stars in action at the Asaka Shooting Range.
The P2 - women's 10m air pistol SH1 will open the day’s action with Javanmardi looking to defend her Rio 2016 title.
Following her Rio show where the Iranian also set the Paralympic record, she has clinched the gold at the Cheongju Worlds in South Korean and the Asian Para Games in Indonesia both in 2018. She also picked up a silver at the Sydney 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships.
However, Ukraine’s Iryna Liakhu and Aysegul Pehlivanlar of Turkey are expected to pose strong challenges in Javanmardi’s road to glory. While Liakhu is a Sydney 2019 world champion and silver medallist at Cheongju 2018, Pehlivanlar is the bronze medallist from the Rio 2016 Paralympics and Sydney 2019 Worlds.
Also watch out for the promising Indian shooter Rubina Francis who broke the world record with a score of 238.1 at the Lima 2021 World Cup in June. Francis would be eager to make it big on her Paralympic debut.
China’s Yang Chao favourite
Chinese star Chao is the title favourite in P1 - men's 10m air pistol SH1, the last event of the day. He is a Rio 2016 Paralympics gold medallist with Paralympic record and Cheongju 2018 world champion.
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan’s Server Ibragimov would be hoping to improve his Rio 2016 medal colour after his bronze medal show last time. He is also a Cheongju 2018 Worlds silver medallist.
RPC’s Sergey Malyshev would also be keen to go one step better after his silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, Sydney 2019 and Suhl 2014 World Championships.
India would look to make a mark through another promising star Manish Narwal who is an Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games gold medallist and Sydney 2019 Worlds bronze medallist.
Schedule, results, medals and records will be available on Paralympic.org.