Journey to top begins in Olbia for Daniel Perez05.06.2019
Dutch boccia player targets second victory in 2019
Former world No. 1 Daniel Perez can continue his return to top form at the 2019 Olbia Boccia Regional Open from Thursday in Italy.
Currently ranked No. 3 in the world, Perez leads his field, with Russia’s second-seed Mikhail Gutnik perhaps his toughest match-up.
A win for Perez, who took bronze at the 2018 World Championships in Liverpool, Great Britain, would add onto his victory from the Montreal World Open in May. It would also set him up well for the 2019 European Championships in August in Seville, Spain.
Boris Nicolai, also a Worlds bronze medallist, will hope for victory in Olbia and momentum for the Europeans, as he heads the BC4 line-up. The German is coming off a fourth-place finish from last month’s competition in Montreal but would hope not to repeat that this week.
European Championships bronze medallist Valente has fond memories from Olbia last year after winning his individual event. After a third-place finish in Montreal, the Portuguese athlete would aim for his first victory of 2019.
As for Rio 2016 bronze medallist Macedo, success in Olbia would make up for his finals disappointment in Montreal.