THAILAND made a clean sweep of seven gold medals on the final day of boccia competition at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre on Friday (Sept 22).
The gold came pouring in the singles BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4 (physical impairment from low level to severe), mixed doubles (BC3, BC4) and team (BC1/BC2).
As for the Malaysians, they settled for four silver medals in the BC1 and BC2, and bronze medals in singles BC4 and team event (BC3). Malaysia’s best was two gold and a bronze in Singapore two years ago.
Huadpradit Witsanu won Thailand’s first gold in BC1 event with a 14-0 victory over Lean Chin Kit whilst Pachdee Boontep followed up with an 8-0 win over Lee Chee Hoong for Gold No 2.
The bronze was claimed by Saengampa Worawut, also from Thailand, with a 5-1 win over Malaysian Mohd Syafiq Mohd Noh.
In the BC3 category, polket Pongsathorn defeated teammate Chaemchoi Ekkarat 5-2 for gold. The bronze went to Singaporean Toh Sze Ning who came through 6-3 winner over Thailand’s Visaratanunta Tanimpat.
The Thais completed a 1-2 finish in the BC4 final for the fourth gold medal through Somsanuk Ritthikrai as Larpyen Pornchok took silver and Malaysian Aminoor Farid Najuddonze.
“The Malaysians gave us tough moments on the court and I am happy we have won all seven gold medals today. We need to continue this momentum into the 2019 Para Games in Philippines,” said Thai coach KOTSILA KUMRIT