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Gold for Britain’s | Evening Standard

Gold for Britain’s | Evening Standard

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ritain has its 30th gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympic Games and it’s come courtesy of a remarkable comeback victory.

David Smith was staring a 2-0 deficit to Chew Wei Lun of Malaysia in the final of the boccia BC1 final but charged back to claim a 4-2 win. This gold is Smith’s fifth Paralympic medal and sees him overtake Nigel Murray as the country’s most successful athlete in the sport.

Boccia is a precision ball sport similar to bocce, bowls or petanque and sees athletes throw leather balls as close to a white target, or jack, as they can. It is one of just two sports – along with goalball, a team sport specifically for athletes with vision impairment – that have no Olympic counterpart.

According to the Guardian, Smith has been branded the ‘Lionel Messi’ of the sport, but he prefers to comparison with snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.

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“I like to be creative, I like to put on a show, I like to play well”, he said after his win. ““I prefer to win, so I get you could put me in that camp but I’m probably unlike Ronnie and more like [Cristiano] Ronaldo in that, if I have to dig it out I will.”

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