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Tokyo Paralympic Games: David Smith wins second consecutive individual gold medal in Paralympic boccia | Olympic Games News

David Smith celebrates with his gold medal after successfully retaining his Paralympic title

British bowler David Smith won his second consecutive individual Paralympic gold medal as he struggled to retain his crown with a tense victory in Tokyo.

World champion Smith, who won the title in Rio five years ago, was back on the podium in the BC1 category, beating Malaysian Chew Wei Lun.

The 32-year-old, sporting a distinctive spiky red and blue haircut, slipped 2-0 after the first set at the Ariake Gymnastics Center.

But he tied for back-to-back one-point wins, before crying after beating the decider to claim fame.

Their 4-2 success earned Great Britain its first gold on the eighth day of the Games and the thirtieth at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Smith’s previous feats include team gold at Beijing 2008, as well as individual silver and team bronze in London. Today he is the most successful boccia player in British history.

Bronze for Rumary in her early days

Victoria Rumary won a bronze medal in her Paralympic debut

Victoria Rumary won a bronze medal in her Paralympic debut

Also on day eight, goalkeeper Victoria Rumary won bronze in her Paralympic debut at the W1 women’s singles event in Tokyo.

After defeating Brazil’s Rejane Candida Da Silva and Italy’s Asia Pellizzari on Wednesday, the 33-year-old was denied advancement to the gold medal game in a 127-107 loss to Czech Sarka Musilova.

Rumary rallied from the backhand to claim last place on the podium at Yumenoshima Final Field with a 131-123 victory over American Lia Coryell.

Rumary started archery at the age of 14, made his international debut six years ago and entered these games as the world number 1 in the W1 category.

GB Paralympic Games Medalists

Take a look at the full list of GB Paralympic Games medalists at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

“My coach said that I can finally have a chocolate cake tonight after the competition. And now that I have my medal, she said ‘yes, you can finally have your chocolate cake,’ so I’m looking forward to that, ”she said.

“I just want to thank my whole family very much. My mom and dad, who took me all over the country to competitions so that I could come here, I want to thank you and say ‘I love you all’.

“I also want to thank everyone for all the support from my home, my club, my personal trainer Tony couldn’t be here either.

“But I had a great team here in Tokyo that really supported us all and I am very, very happy. “

There was a second bronze medal for the GB Paralympic Games in table tennis. The Class 8 men’s team of Aaron McKibbin, Billy Shilton and Ross Wilson did just that after a semi-final loss to China.

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