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Sweden adds 14 candidates to Rio 2016 list

Athletes expected to represent their country in the upcoming Paralympic Games. 22 Jun 2015
Jonas Jakobsson of Sweden poses with his gold medal

Jonas celebrates winning gold in the Men's R7 50m Rifle 3 positions SH1.

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By NPC Sweden

The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Sweden updated their candidate list for the Rio 2016 Games, adding 14 additional names, including eight-time Paralympic shooting champion Jonas Jacobsson.

Jacobsson, who won gold in the 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, is considered to have a possible chance to compete in Rio 2016. Kerstin Larsson Englund, who is seeking her fourth Paralympic appearance in equestrian, is also named to the list. Seven wheelchair basketball and two wheelchair rugby players are also included, with both sides aiming to qualify for Rio 2016 with success at this summer’s European Championships in the respective sports.

Candidates must first qualify and meet NPC Sweden’s selection criteria. Names will likely be added or removed.

The 14 candidates are:

•Kerstin Larsson Englund, equestrian

•Joakim Blomqvist, wheelchair basketball

•Joakim Linden, wheelchair basketball

•Christian Seidel, wheelchair basketball

•Hussein Haidari, wheelchair basketball

•Joakim Lindblom, wheelchair basketball

•Lars Mortensen, wheelchair basketball

•Per Byquist, wheelchair basketball

Stefan Jansson, wheelchair rugby

•Andreas Collin, wheelchair rugby

•Stefan Olsson, wheelchair tennis

•Anders Hard, wheelchair tennis

•Rebekah Sternisa Bellander, wheelchair tennis

•Jonas Jacobsson, shooting

For more information, visit NPC Sweden’s website.