Team Singapore Boccia BC3* pairs team of Nurulasyiqah Binte Mohammad Taha and Toh Sze Ning will play for the Bronze medal on Monday at the Rio Games as they look to secure the Republic’s first ever Paralympic podium finish in the sport.
The pair were handed a tough task in the semi-final where they faced hosts Brazil at the Carioca Arena 2 venue which was filled with Brazilian fans clad in the team’s yellow and green colours.
TeamSG boccia pair Nurulasyiqah Mohd Taha (center) and Toh Sze Ning at the Boccia BC3 Pairs semi final. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Brazilians narrowly edged the first two ends to lead 2-0 and were able to establish a strong advantage when they picked up a further four points in the third end.
Nonetheless, Sze Ning and Nurulasyiqah stuck determinedly at their task in the final end, searching for a way back into the contest as they picked up two points to leave the match at 6-2 for the hosts.
Now Team Singapore will face Greece for the Bronze medal, while the Brazilians take on South Korea for the Gold.
“It was a very tough fight for us,” Sze Ning said after the contest while coach Tess Tan said the pair had unfortunately made mistakes in the third end.
TeamSG Boccia pair Nurul and Sze Ning competing against their Brazilian counterparts in the semi final. Photo: Sport Singapore
“They played really well, unfortunately in this game you can’t quite afford to make any mistakes which is what we did in end three. But at least they persevered until the end,” she said.
Looking ahead to the Bronze medal contest, coach Tan was hopeful the pair could rediscover their form from the group stage and earn a historic medal.
“It is the second time we have reached a Bronze game and hopefully tomorrow we will be on form again,” she said.
*The BC3 sport class is for athletes with significantly limited function in their limbs, with poor or no trunk control. Those competing in this category use a ramp and other assistive devices to roll the ball onto the court.
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