Nurul happy with Paralympic debut

The Republic’s boccia player Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha yesterday ended her Paralympic debut with a 7th place finish in the Mixed Individual BC3 competition.

The 27-year-old qualified for the quarter-finals after beating Johnny Cronin of Ireland 7-1 but was narrowly beaten by Kim Han Soo after the Korean won the tiebreaker following a 3-3 scoreline.

Nurulasyiqah then lost to Belgian Kirsten De Laender in the playoffs for 5th-8th place and settled for an overall 7th placing by beating Armando Costa of Portugal in a tiebreaker after their 2-2 draw.

She said: “I’m so relieved that the competition is over. I really enjoyed the whole experience and I’m glad I got to play with many competitors whom I’ve never encountered before.

Despite not winning a medal, Nurulasyiqah was upbeat with her performance as she said: “I’m really happy I managed to meet the target set which was a quarter-final place.”

Singapore swimmer Yip Pin Xiu was scheduled to take part in the 50m S3 freestyle heats yesterday but it was cancelled after Australia’s Esther Overton withdrew from the competition. Because there were only eight swimmers left, Yip automatically qualified for the finals earlier this morning.

All eight of Singapore’s Paralympians will be returning home next Tuesday from what has been dubbed the most successful Paralympic Games to date.

via TODAYonline | Sports | Nurul happy with Paralympic debut.

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