Posted on Tuesday 16th August, 2022

Five-time Paralympian #148 Mike Johnson has been winning medals for New Zealand since the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, and we can’t wait to see what he achieves in the upcoming World Cup in Changwon, South Korea.

Mike competes with an air rifle in both prone and standing events over 50m and 10m distances. He is the only New Zealander at the Changwon WSPS World Cup.

Update: Mike Johnson’s results in the Changwon WSPS World Cup

We’ll add results here as we have them. We’ll also share updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

R4 Air Rifle Standing Qualification632.23rd
R4 Air Rifle Standing Final167.46th
R5 Air Rifle Prone Qualification633.47th
R5 Air Rifle Prone Final168.46th
R9 50m Rifle Qualification608.710th

When will Michael Johnson compete in the Changwon WSPS World Cup?

A schedule of Michael Johnson’s events at the Changwon WSPS World Cup is below. Mike competes on Thursday, Saturday and Monday.

R4 Air Rifle Standing

Thursday 18 August 4.30pm NZ time 

R5 Air Rifle Prone

Saturday 20th August 3pm NZ time

R9 50m Rifle

Monday 22nd August 2pm NZ time 

Where can I see results of the Changwon WSPS World Cup?

Paralympics New Zealand will share Michael Johnson’s results here and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we have them.

You can also follow the official results feed here:

About the venue

The event marks the first multi-year hosting agreement signed for World Shooting Para Sport. This means the Changwon World Cup will be part of the competition season through to 2025.

The Changwon International Shooting Range is a legacy venue of the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships which saw more than one thousand athletes competing in 59 events. 

South Korea is one of the most successful Shooting Para sport nations placing second in the all-time Paralympic Games medal standings with 57 podium finishes including 23 golds.

The country also hosted two WSPS World Championships in Seoul 2002 and Cheongju 2018.

How does classification work in Shooting Para sport?

Shooting Para sport is the sport of shooting for Para athletes who have a physical impairment
leading to reduced function in the lower and/or upper limbs.

Classification provides the structure for fair and equitable competition to ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. Classification groups Para athletes into a sport class according to the degree of activity limitation resulting from their impairment. In Shooting Para sport, there are three different sport classes:

Sport class SH1 (pistol)

Para athletes with upper and/or lower limb impairment competing in pistol events are in the SH1 class.

Sport class SH1 (rifle)

This sport class is designated to Para athletes with lower limb impairment for competition in rifle events.

Sport class SH2 (rifle)

This sport class is for rifle events only, and is designated to Para athletes with upper limb impairment (which necessitates them to use a shooting stand to support the rifle), all or not in combination with lower limb impairment.