Stutzman sets record, qualifies for Paralympic games

By Jeff Yoder
Posted 6/8/21

After taking silver at the Paralympic games in London nine years ago, Matt Stutzman is going for gold in Tokyo. 

The Armless Archer qualified for the 2020 Paralympic Games in dominating …

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Stutzman sets record, qualifies for Paralympic games

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After taking silver at the Paralympic games in London nine years ago, Matt Stutzman is going for gold in Tokyo. 

The Armless Archer qualified for the 2020 Paralympic Games in dominating fashion, setting a world record and collecting 42 of a possible 43 points over the three-day team trials. 

Stutzman shot scores of 698 and 700 in the 72-arrow rounds on days one and two of the trials to break the previous double 50-meter round world record by over 20 points. 

Stutzman said that he is down to 163 pounds — from 220 at the last team trials in 2016. 

“This is the best trials for me,” Stutzman said. “I am very close to my goal body weight and composition.

“I wanted to set a world record and shoot a 700. I did both of those. I also wanted to get all the points possible and I missed it by one. I’m feeling good. I got a whole new release built that teaches me proper form and I can’t be more happy really. ”

Stutzman grew up in the Kalona area and attended Pathway Christian School. He currently lives in Fairfield. 

The top eight archers made the cut for the final day of team trials. With 42 points, Stutzman claimed the first of three spots for the compound open competition in Tokyo. Andre Shelby and KJ Polish each finished with 29 points with the 2016 Olympic gold medalist Shelby taking second place in a shoot off match. The reigning world champion Ben Thompson, finished fourth.

It will be 2:00 in the afternoon in Japan, but midnight in Iowa, when the mens’ compound open competition begins on August 27 at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Koto City, Tokyo. The gold medal match is scheduled for August 31. 

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