Top SH1 shooters on their road to Rio

A wealth of athletes from across the globe show the depth of talent in the SH1 field. 29 Jun 2016
Man in wheelchair on a podium, celebrating

Abdulla Sultan Alaryani secured his second gold medal in as many days at his home IPC Shooting World Cup in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE).


The world’s best SH1 shooters are preparing to compete at the Olympic Shooting Centre from 8-14 September across men’s, women’s and mixed events.

Here are just a handful of the best to look out for at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Sareh Javanmardidodmani, Iran

The 31-year-old is the holder of both the finals and qualification world records in P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1) and the finals record in P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1), and will compete in her second Paralympic Games in Rio.

Javanmardidodmani is the P2 world champion and is on track to improve on her bronze medal from London 2012.

Veronika Vadovicova, Slovakia

The R2 (women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1) world and European champion has the potential to medal in multiple rifle events.

Rio will be Vadovicova’s fourth Paralympic Games and she has tasted gold medal success before. At Beijing 2008 she won the R2 and has recently returned to her best form. This includes a world record in R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) in March.

Matt Skelhon, Great Britain

One of Vadovicova’s main opponents in mixed events, Skelhon, specialises in the R6 (mixed 50m rifle prone SH1). He is the world and European champion and world record holder.

However he is also a threat in R3 as the silver medallist from London 2012 and the World Championships.

Jinho Park, South Korea

Park meanwhile is another rifle shooter looking for gold in Brazil. He is the R3 world title holder and former world record holder.

The South Korean will make his Paralympic debut in Rio as part of a team of shooters who have made quite an impact on the sport in recent years.

Jonas Jacobsson, Sweden

Jacobsson successes are idolised by many of the shooting sport circuit. With 30 medals over nine consecutive Paralympic Games he is the athlete to beat, but has hinted at retirement following Rio 2016.

This could lead to an extra special effort from the 51-year-old, especially as he looks to defend his R7 (men’s 50m rifle three positions SH1) title from London 2012.

Abdullah Sultan Alaryani, United Arab Emirates

Alaryani is the world record holder in R7 and finished second to Jacobsson at the 2014 World Championships.

But he is also the R6 Paralympic champion and will want to prevent Skelhon from adding the most coveted title to his collection.


Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs)

The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.

Visa International is the exclusive payment card and the official payment system for the Paralympic Games.