Nigel Murray’s Boccia team lose out on golden chance

Nigel Murray’s Great Britain mixed BC1-2 team saw their chances of retaining Paralympic gold extinguished on Monday – although they could still leave London 2012 with bronze in the boccia.

The 48-year-old won gold alongside Daniel Bentley, Zoe Robinson and David Smith in Beijing four years ago but will not be repeating the feat on home turf.

The quartet started the day well by overcoming Hong Kong 11-3 in the quarter-finals but they struggled when play recommenced yesterday afternoon.

Great Britain were no match for a dominant Thailand team ranked second in the world, going down to a heavy 18-1 defeat in the semi-final – much to Murray’s disappointment.

“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.”

Thailand face China for mixed BC1-2 gold, while Murray’s team take on Portugal for bronze Tuesday morning.

via Paralympics 2012: Nigel Murray’s boccia team lose out on golden chance | Sport | The Guardian.

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