Team Singapore Paralympic boccia pairing of Nurulasyiqah Binte Mohammad Taha and Toh Sze Ning fell just short of a Bronze medal at the end of the team competition on Monday.
Up against a talented Greek team, the Singaporean girls fell to an 8-1 defeat, although the scoreline did not reflect what was a closely fought contest throughout.
TeamSG boccia athlete Toh Sze Ning (left) in action during the BC3 Pairs Bronze Medal Match. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Greek team established a strong lead by winning three points in the opening end but after two narrowly contested ends, Team Singapore had to throw caution to the wind in the final end, in which their opponents were able to pick up three more points.
Nonetheless, fourth place represents a very creditable achievement for the Team Singapore pair, who went into the Paralympics ranked seventh in the world.
The highlight of their campaign came on Saturday when they beat the sport’s traditional powerhouse Portugal 5-1 and then beat Greece 3-2.
But unfortunately the girls in red were not able to reproduce that form in the semi-final against Brazil or in the Bronze medal game.
TeamSG boccia athlete Nurulasyiqah Binte Mohammad Taha in action during the BC3 Pairs Bronze Medal Match. Photo: Sport Singapore
“It is never nice to finish fourth but I think today the best team won,” said coach Tess Tan.
“We went into the game feeling optimistic but the opponent were neater and tidier in all of their shots, I think that was the key difference but they also possibly had some lucky shots as well,” said Tess.
“I think we did quite well overall, coming in seventh and finishing fourth, we did better than what might have been expected,” she said.
The focus now shifts to the individual competition, with seeding games beginning on Tuesday, in a tough new format that sees only one competitor emerge from the eight groups of three.
“Hopefully we can sharpen some of the strategies and I think we need to work on the decision making as well,” she said.
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