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Tokyo Paralympics: Boccia player David Smith retains individual title with thrilling victory

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BRITAIN'S David Smith retained his individual Paralympic boccia title with a thrilling victory in Tokyo in the BC1 decider.

The 32-year-old trailed Chew Wei Lun of Malaysia 2-0 after the first of four ends but stormed back to win 4-2.

The victory gives Smith his fifth Paralympic medal and sees him overtake Nigel Murray as the country's most successful athlete in the sport.

It is also GB's 30th gold of the Tokyo Games.

Earlier, archer Victoria Rumary won bronze in the women's W1 event while there was also table tennis bronze for the class 8 team of Ross Wilson, Aaron McKibbin and Billy Shilton after they lost to China in the semi-finals.

In wheelchair tennis, defending champion Gordon Reid reached the men's singles semi-final with a three-set victory over Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez.

The British fifth seed came through 7-5 3-6 6-1 against the world number four in two and a half hours.

Fellow Briton Alfie Hewett, who won silver in Rio, is also into the last four after beating France's Nicolas Peifer 6-3 6-3.

Reid will face world number one and home favourite Shingo Kunieda for a place in the final with second seed Hewett up against either Tom Egberink of the Netherlands or Spain's Daniel Caverzaschi.

Wednesday's results mean Britain are guaranteed a medal in the men's singles because, if Reid and Hewett lose their semi-finals, they would play each other in the bronze medal play-off.

The GB men's wheelchair basketball team face Canada in the quarter-finals at 10:15 as they bid to add Paralympic gold to their European and world titles.

Swimmer Becky Redfern, who gave birth to son Patrick in July 2020, qualified second-fastest for the final of the SB13 100m breaststroke (11:09).

Athlete Sammi Kinghorn bids for a medal in the T53 100m, an event in which she was world champion in 2017 (12:37).

BBC Sport

- Sept. 01, 2021 @ 09:50 GMT |

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