China dominated the medal table by winning 7 of the 17 gold medals at the World Archery Para Championships 2023 held on 17-23 July 2023 in Pilsen, Czech Republic. In total occupied the podium 11 times.

Athletes representing 13 countries collected 51 medals by total of 295 archers from 55 countries.

Italy ranked second with eight positions – two gold and six silvers – and Türkiye third with five medals – two gold, two silvers and one bronze.

The para archers competed in four classifications – recurve, compound, W1 and visually impaired.

The outstanding performers included:
– China’s 33-year-old archer who completed a hat-trick of titles in the recurve division, winning the individual, women’s doubles and mixed doubles events.
– Local Czech favourite David Drahoninsky who won three medals.
– The 16 year old Sheeta Devi the first and only woman without arms competing at this level who made a stunning debut, by losing only in the compound women’s gold medal match.

The qualification period for Paris 2024 officially started with more than half of the quota places awarded during the 2023 World Archery Para Championships, as the event acted as the primary qualifier. At the end of competition in Pilsen, 84 quota places (the 78 available plus six for host France) have been assigned.

The qualifying period will continue with three dedicated continental qualification tournaments in Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as a combined tournament for Africa and Oceania.

China was the big winner in the race for Paralympic quota places, securing 11 tickets to Paris. Twelve Chinese athletes contributed to the nation finishing top of the medal table with 11 podium finishes, including seven world titles. The medal haul followed six world records by Chinese archers, out of the 10 that were set at the start of the competition. 

Total Medals Table: 2023 World Archery Para Championships

1. China: 10 (7 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)
2. Italy: 11 (2 gold, 6 silver)
3. Türkiye: 10 (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
4. Great Britain: 3 (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
5. Australia: 3 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
5. India: 2 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
7. Czech Republic: 2 (1 gold, 3 bronze)
8. USA: 1 (1 gold, 1 bronze)
World Archery is the international governing body managing the Olympic and Paralympic sport of archery. It was founded in 1931 in Lwow, Poland and now serves to champion and regulate archery worldwide through its 160-plus member associations, international competition, promotional activities and development initiatives.