Dartchery at the Summer Paralympics

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Dartchery (a combination of darts and archery) 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]

1960[edit]

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 Broeren (full name not recorded) of the United States defeated their compatriots Mathis and Tigyer, as well as French competitors Trouverie and Bernabei, to win gold.[4]

Mixed

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1960 Jack Whitman & Broeren
 United States (USA)
J. Mathis & Tigyer
 United States (USA)
Trouverie & Bernabei
 France (FRA)

1964[edit]

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)
J. Mathis & G. Pasipanki
 United States (USA)
T. Matsumoto & T. Ando
 Japan (JPN)
and
Pesnaud & Schelfaut
 France (FRA)

1968[edit]

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)

1972[edit]

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)

1976[edit]

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

to be added

1980[edit]

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