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Smith, Wilson and McGuire progress at Boccia World Open in Seville

on 05-08-2017 17:29

Great Britain’s David Smith, Patrick Wilson and Stephen McGuire will feature in tomorrow’s individual Boccia BISFED 2017 World Open next round after dominant performances in Seville on Saturday.

Eight Brits appeared in the individual competitions on day six of the World Open, with Claire Taggart narrowly missing out on qualification for the knock-out stages.

World number one Smith won all four of his pool A matches, only conceding six points, to qualify for the next round as the top seed.

Smith already had two pool victories to his name when he took on Slovakia’s Tomas Kral in the morning, taking an early lead with three points in the first end.

Kral came back to even the score in the second end, but Smith wrapped things up with a point in the fourth.

The Brit’s fourth pool game was a much more straight-forward affair, as Smith defeated Spain’s Ferran Valdivia 11-0.

In the BC3 event, Wilson continued his winning streak to make it three from three in the pool stages.

The 21-year-old emerged the victor of a closely-fought 5-4 contest with Kenneth Verwimp and now edges closer to the world’s top five as he faces France’s Rodrigue Brenek at 9am on Sunday.

McGuire beat Bastian Keller 7-3, before defeating Ivan Frolov 5-2 in his final pool game to qualify fourth in the BC4.

The world number five now takes on Hungary’s Laszlo Hegedüs at 10.20am on Sunday, with the semis and finals taking place in the afternoon.

Elsewhere, Taggart came agonisingly close to making it to the next phase of the BC2 competition, finishing in ninth place.

The British number four began the day with a 7-0 defeat of Portugal’s Abilio Valente, while Great Britain teammate Will Hipwell went down 4-3 to Valente’s compatriot Cristina Gonçalves.

Hipwell finished 14th after coming back to win his final Pool F match in emphatic style, defeating Kristina Kudlacova 9-1 shortly after Taggart had secured a 5-2 victory over Raul Dura in Pool C.

Elsewhere, Scott McCowan put in an impressive performance to take world number two Grigorios Polychronidis to a tie-break, but the Brit lost out so qualification was impossible.

McCowan finished 14th in the BC3 and his younger brother Jamie came in 17th, while Evie Edwards finished 18th in the BC4 after winning one of her Pool C matches.


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