Para Archery Preview
The U.S. Para archery team is in prime position heading into the 2020 Paralympic Games this summer in Tokyo.

The U.S. locked up five critical spots for the 2020 Games at the World Archery Para Championships in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, including a maximum three spots – the most of any country – in the most competitive men’s division, the compound open, won by Ben Thompson, Matt Stutzman, Andre Shelby. Eric Bennett and Timothy Palumbo earned the other two spots for Team USA in the men’s recurve open event.

More than half of the quota places were earned at this world championships. Thirty are distributed across three continental qualifiers, and at least 12 are available at the final qualification tournament in 2020. The remaining spots are split between the host country and awarded to smaller nations on the merit of universality.

Archers will have additional chances to qualify spots for Team USA this spring. Team USA is guaranteed a W1 women’s spot at the Para Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. While the U.S. secures spots at qualification tournaments, it is the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials that determine which archers will be nominated to fill those spots. The three-part Paralympic Trials process begins at the 2020 Arizona Cup in April.

Ben Thompson, one of the breakout stars of 2019, has a target on his back after upsetting the field to win gold in the individual men’s compound event at the 2019 world championships. His U.S. teammates are also medal contenders in Tokyo, including 2012 Paralympic silver medalist Matt Stutzman, three-time Paralympian Eric Bennett and 2016 Paralympic champion Andre Shelby. The women’s field is led by Paralympian Lia Coryell and Teresa “Tink” Wallace.