Sport Week: Top moments in shooting Para sport

From the most-awarded athlete to the first Paralympic gold medal in a country's history 12 May 2020
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Jonas Jacobsson celebrates with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden after winning the men's R7 (50m rifle 3x40 SH1) gold medal at Beijing 2008
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By World Shooting Para Sport

From a Swedish shooter dominating the sport to Iran and North Macedonia making history at Rio 2016, there are plenty of memorable shooting Para sports moments in Paralympic Games. 

Here are five of them: 

1 – Sweden’s Jonas Jacobsson is the most successful shooter in Paralympic Games history with 27 medals. 

At London 2012, the Swede took a gold and a silver in the men’s R7 (50m rifle 3 positions – SH1) and R1 (50m air rifle standing – SH1), respectively, to clinch medals at nine straight Paralympics since Arnhem 1980. 


2 – Sareh Javanmardidodmani became the first Iranian woman to win a title in shooting with her gold in the women’s P2 (10m air pistol – SH1) at Rio 2016. Five days later, she took another gold in the P4 (mixed 50m pistol – SH1).


3 – No country took as many medals as China at the Rio 2016 Games. Zhang Cuiping was responsible for three of her country’s eight medals in Brazil. She won gold in the mixed R6 (50m rifle prone SH1) and women’s R8 (50m rifle 3 positions SH1) with new Paralympic records, and took a silver in the women’s R2 (10m air rifle standing SH1).


4 - Olivera Nakovska-Bikova gives North Macedonia its first Paralympic gold medal in 20 years winning the women’s P2 (10m Air Pistol – SH1) at London 2012. She celebrated with her coach, Branimir Jovanovski, who had won the only other Paralympic gold medal for their country at Barcelona 1992 (in the same event).


5 - Power couple Vasyl and Olga Kovalchuk were on the podium in Rio 2016. Vasyl landed gold in the mixed R5 (10m Air Rifle Prone - SH2) while Olga took silver in the women’s P2 (10m Air Pistol – SH1).