Dartchery at the Summer Paralympics

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Dartchery (a combination of darts and archery which uses a dart board instead of a standard archery target) was contested at the Summer Paralympic Games from 1960 to 1980. Competitions were carried out in pairs: mixed pairs from 1960 to 1980, and men's pairs and women's pairs from 1972 to 1980.

Though the participants and results have, for the most part, been recorded by the International Paralympic Committee, the scores obtained by competitors have not.

Results by Games[1] [2] [3]Edit

1960Edit

Dartchery was one of the eight sports contested at the inaugural Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960. Only three pairs of athletes competed, and therefore all won a medal. Jack Whitman and Wayne Broeren of the United States defeated their compatriots Jim Mathis and John Tigyer, as well as French competitors Camille Trouverie and Bernabei, to win gold.[4]

Mixed

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1960 Jack Whitman & Wayne Broeren
  United States (USA)
John Tigyer & Jim Mathis
  United States (USA)
Camille Trouverie & Bernabei
  France (FRA)

1964Edit

Four pairs of athletes competed. All received medals, as two pairs were awarded bronze.[5]

Mixed

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1964 George Mann & Margaret Harriman
  Rhodesia (RHO)
Jim Mathis & George Pasipanki
  United States (USA)
T. Matsumoto & T. Ando
  Japan (JPN)
and
Pesnaud & Schelfaut
  France (FRA)

1968Edit

At the 1968 Games in Tel Aviv, the number of competitors in dartchery increased significantly, to thirty-one pairs (from eighteen countries). They were pitted against each other two by two in a round of sixteen, with French pair Ehrsam and Seguin receiving a bye in the first round.

In the round of sixteen, the results were as follows (winners in bold):

In the second round, Geissinger and Kelderhouse (USA) beat Fowler and Bawden (AUS); Koten and Sala (ITA) beat Ehrsam and Seguin (FRA); Tanaka and Matsumoto (JPN) beat Grun and van Eynde (BEL); Waldispuehl and Isenschmied (SUI) beat Nicholson and Taylor (GBR); South and Conn (AUS) beat Klemens and Classon (USA); Schelfaut and Desal (BEL) beat Maraschin and Girard (FRA); Deiana and Longhi (ITA) beat Meyer and Harriman (RHO); and Robertson and Todd (GBR) beat Lorente and Llorens (ESP).

In the quarter-finals, Geissinger and Kelderhouse defeated Koten and Sala; Tanaka and Matsumoto eliminated Waldispuehl and Isenschmied; Schelfaut and Desal fell to South and Conn; while Deiana and Longhi beat Robertson and Todd.

The American pair defeated their Japanese rivals in the first semi-final, while the Australians beat the Italians in the other. The Japanese and Italian pairs were jointly awarded the bronze medal, while Americans and Australians met in the final, where Geissinger and Kelderhouse emerged with the gold medal. [6]

Mixed

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1968 Geissinger & Kelderhouse
  United States (USA)
Tony South & Alan Conn
  Australia (AUS)
Francesco Deiana & Raimondo Longhi
  Italy (ITA)
and
Tanaka & T. Matsumoto
  Japan (JPN)

1972Edit

At the 1972 Games, dartchery was expanded and divided into three events: mixed pairs, men's pairs, and women's pairs. The International Paralympic Committee has not recorded participation numbers nor the details of the competitions for this year; only the list of medallists.[7] [8] [9]

Mixed

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1972 Becker & Schaede
  West Germany (FRG)
Kim Keun Soo & Cho Keum Im
  South Korea (KOR)
Dropko & Collins
  United States (USA)

Men's

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1972 E. Hammel & Elbracht
  West Germany (FRG)
P. Popkema & P. Blanker
  Netherlands (NED)
Seilleur & van Braet
  Belgium (BEL)

Women's

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1972 Margaret Maughan & M. Cooper
  Great Britain (GBR)
Marraschin & Girard
  France (FRA)
Berg-Holmen & W. Warberg
  Norway (NOR)

1976Edit

The results recorded for 1976 are based on the number of victories achieved by each pair.[10] [11] [12]

Mixed
J. M. Chapuis and Marraschin (FRA), G. Matthews and D. Lilley (GBR), Katsuhiro Hamanoue and Tomoko Yamazaki (JPN) and Casper Caspersen and Karlsen (NOR) all lost every match, but are ranked ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth, respectively.
E. Ell and B. Ward (CAN), Anneliese Dersen and H. Geiss (FRG), A. Luks and Bodil Elgh (SWE), and Jay Brown and Sally Staudte (USA) each won one match, and are ranked fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.
Ana Maria Tenorio and Carlos Guadiana, of Mexico, won two games, and finished fourth.
Aimé Desal and Alice Verhee, of Belgium, won three games, and the bronze medal.
Arvo Kalenius and Elli Korva, of Finland, won four games, and the silver medal.
John Kestel and M. Ross, of Australia, won five games, and the gold medal.

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1976 John Kestel & M. Ross
  Australia (AUS)
Arvo Kalenius & Elli Korva
  Finland (FIN)
Aimé Desal & Alice Verhee
  Belgium (BEL)

Men's

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1980 A. Piutti & Thore
  France (FRA)
Patrick Krishner & Timothy van der Meiden
  United States (USA)
P. Blanker & P. Popkema
  Netherlands (NED)

Women's

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1980Edit

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ReferencesEdit