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Smith and McGuire take gold at Kansas World Open

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3 weeks ago

David Smith and Stephen McGuire both claimed gold while Jamie McCowan clinched silver as Great Britain’s Boccia team finished with three medals at the BISFed World Open Kansas.

Smith eased through his BC1 pool with four victories – scoring 33 points and only conceding three before seeing off USA’s Brigid Mason in the quarter final.

A 5-2 semi-final victory over Slovakia’s Tomas Kral meant Smith set up a repeat of the Rio 2016 final against The Netherlands’ Daniel Perez.

And Smith was once again in imperious form and sealed an impressive 8-0 victory to claim the gold medal.

It was a similar story for McGuire who cruised through his pool with three wins from three matches before dispatching Colombia’s Duban Cely in the quarter final and Canada’s Alison Levine in the semi-final.

Colombia’s Euclides Grisales was waiting in the final but McGuire started strongly and was 3-0 up after two ends. A tied third end took the score to 4-1 and McGuire eventually sealed the victory 4-2.

McCowan was also in fine form during the pool stages and racked up three wins before seeing off Canada’s Eric Bussiere 6-1 and Greece’s Grigoris Polychronidis in the semi.

He was unable to make it hat-trick of golds for Britain however as Australia’s Daniel Michel took top spot.

Patrick Wilson was Britain’s other BC3 player and went through second in his pool after edging out Jesus Romero in a tie-break. He then came up against Polychronidis in the quarter final but this time lost out in a tie break.

Elsewhere, BC4 player Louis Saunders made his international debut and claimed a 4-3 win over Japan’s Nobuyuki Takada in the pool but lost out to Robert Durkovic and Lulian Ciobanu in his other matches.

Earlier in the week BC3 pair Wilson and McCowan suffered a semi-final defeat against Canada before missing out on third place to Japan while the BC4 pair of McGuire and Saunders failed to make it out of the pool after narrow 3-2 losses to Canada and Colombia. 

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