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Smith takes gold as curtain falls on Boccia World Open in Seville

on 06-08-2017 17:28

Paralympic champion David Smith produced a dominant display to take the BC1 title on the final day of the Boccia World Open in Seville.

The Brit, who won BC1 gold in Rio last September, beat Thailand’s Witsanu Huadpradit in his opening tie of the day, before dominating Daniel Perez, from the Netherlands, with a 5-1 scoreline in the semi-finals to set up a showdown against Joao Pinto.

But the world number one would not be denied as he breezed past the Portuguese player 9-1 in the final to take the gold.

Smith had been in imperious form throughout the competition, winning all four of his pool stage ties, conceding just three points in the process.

Elsewhere, it was a good end to the competition for Stephen McGuire as he took home BC4 third place in Seville.

McGuire beat Bastian Keller 7-3 yesterday, before defeating Ivan Frolov 5-2 in his final pool game. The world number five then overcame Hungary’s Laszlo Hegedus in the next round, winning 5-4.

But he could not progress to the final of the event, losing 4-1 to Hong Kong’s Kwan Hang Wong, who went on to win the tournament.

McGuire did manage to finish the competition on a high though, beating Yuk Wing Leung 3-2 in the third and fourth place playoff.

But it was not to be for fellow Brit Patrick Wilson who finished fourth overall in the BC3 competition.

Wilson went into the final day of action in good form having won all three of his pool stage matches.

The 21-year-old then overcame Frenchman Rodrigue Brenek in his opening tie on Sunday before losing to Grigorios Polychronidis 6-1.

He was unable to take third place as he lost the playoff 5-1 to Russia’s Aleksandr Legostaev.


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