Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games – “It’s a cool sport” – David Smith retains BC1 crown with brilliant final victory in boccia



Briton David Smith retained his BC1 individual Paralympic crown in boccia with a brilliant 4-2 victory in the final.

Sporting a red and blue mohawk, the expressive British star fought back after losing the opening round to win back-to-back gold medals.

A final two-point end secured Smith the victory over Chew Wei Lun, who secured a historic silver for Malaysia.

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Smith, who also won a gold medal in Beijing 2008 in the team event, hopes his performance has inspired others to take up the sport.

“I think we’ve been a bit under-represented in the past,” said Smith, who became ParalympicsGB’s most successful boccia player of all time, for Channel 4.

“Twitter and Instagram are buzzing like crazy! [I hope] he encourages people to play sports.

“It would be nice to bring in a few more players, and I hope that inspires people.”

The 32-year-old cried with joy after his victory was confirmed.

Smith didn’t even have to play his last two balls with two closer to the jack than the ball closest to his opponent, and therefore in scoring position.

“It’s a cool game, but it can be pretty intense! Smith confessed.

“Tokyo has been awesome, the place is beautiful, and the village is awesome.”

Smith will compete for another medal in the team competition, with Great Britain starting their BC1 / BC2 Pool A campaign against China on Thursday, September 2.

Earlier on the eighth day of the Paralympic Games, Scott McCowan missed another British medal in the BC3 class.

Scott Mccowan of Team Great Britain competes in Individual Boccia Quarter-Final – BC3 against Evelyn Oliveira of Team Brazil

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McCowan, who aimed to become the first ParalympicsGB medalist in the event since Atlanta 1996, was well beaten by Australian Daniel Michel, who won bronze.

The Scot had knocked out his brother Jamie earlier in the competition and will team up with his brother in the pairs event.

The brothers are assisted by mom Linda and dad Gary.

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