Brazil bonanza at Montreal Boccia World Open02.05.2018
Rio 2016 hosts claim triple gold as GB and Hong Kong also win big
On the same day his fellow and world No.14 José Carlos Chagas de Oliveira Brazil’s winning streak by capturing a surprise gold in the BC1 class. He defeated a strong field including Rio 2016 gold medallist David Smith 6-3 in the semi-final and Russia’s* Mikhail Gutnik 7-3 in the final.
The Brazilians were beaten to gold in the BC1/BC2 pairs category by Japan. Paulo Renato Noronha, Natali de Faria, Guilherme Moreaes, Santos and Chagas de Oliveira had to settle for silver behind Takayuki Hirose, Hidetaka Sugimura and Takumi Nakamura. It was a sweet victory for the Japanese, who all failed to reach the final in their respective individual events.
Great Britain also showed their class ahead of a home World Championships later this year by winning two golds and two bronze medals.
McGuire beat Canada’s Alison Levine 6-1 in the final of the individual match, and along with his partner Evie Edwards, achieved his second gold in the pairs, completing a dominant 5-0 win over Colombia.
Hong Kong were another nation to claim gold thanks to world No.6 Yuen Kei Ho. He beat South Korea’s Han Soo Kim 1-3 in the final of the BC3 class.
*Editor's note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games.