Archery

Jeffersonville grad Andre Shelby wins gold at Rio Paralympics

Andre Shelby of the United States competes in the individual compound-open during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Andre Shelby of the United States competes in the individual compound-open during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A Jeffersonville High School graduate is returning home from Brazil with a coveted gold medal.

Andre Shelby, class of 1985, won a gold medal in archery in his Paralympic Games debut, defeating Italy’s Alberto Simonelli in the final by a point, 144-143. Jeffersonville High School is planning on honoring Shelby and his family at Friday night’s homecoming football game against Providence.

Shelby, a U.S. Navy veteran who competes from his wheelchair, defeated Spain’s Guillermo Rodriguez, Great Britain’s Nathan Macqueen, and Brazil’s Andrey Muniz de Castro to make it to the final round.

Despite being ranked 12th, Shelby advanced to the final with a 139-138 defeat of Australia’s Jonathan Milne, who went on to earn the bronze medal.

In addition to winning his first gold medal, Shelby broke another barrier at the Rio Paralympic Games, becoming the first African-American to compete in Paralympic archery.

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