Britain’s hopes of defending their boccia team gold title were thwarted at the Paralympics.
After beating Hong Kong 11-3 in the quarter-finals this morning, Nigel Murray, the mixed BC1-2 team captain, said his team needed to up their game by at least 10% to overcome Thailand in the semi-finals.
In the end they were thumped 18-1 by Thailand, ranked second in the world, at east London’s ExCeL arena.
The team, including Daniel Bentley, David Smith and Zoe Robinson, did not live up to expectations, according to 48-year-old Murray.
“We are all frustrated,” he said. “We’re upset because we know we are a lot better than that, but once it has gone there is not a lot we can do about it.”
Britain are now in Tuesday’s bronze medal play-off against Portugal, while Thailand face China for gold.