2015 Asean Para Games

Asean Para Games: Boccia aims to reclaim golden touch

Toh Sze Ning (front) and Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha had to settle for silver after losing to Thailand's Tanimpat Visaratanunta and Ekkarat Chaemchoi in the boccia BC3 mixed pair category yesterday.
Toh Sze Ning (front) and Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha had to settle for silver after losing to Thailand's Tanimpat Visaratanunta and Ekkarat Chaemchoi in the boccia BC3 mixed pair category yesterday.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

By clinching the last two boccia gold medals at the Asean Para Games yesterday, Thailand completed a clean sweep of all seven gold medals in the sport.

In the mixed pair BC4 gold-medal match, the Thai pair of Paralympian Chaloemphon Tanbut and Ritthikrai Somsanuk beat Singapore's Chan Siew Gek and Lim Kay Choong 10-0.

Because only two teams competed in the event, there was no silver medal for the losing side.

Said Lim after the match: "We tried our best to fight for every point and not to give up. "

Speaking in Mandarin, Chan said of their Thai opponents: "We couldn't keep up with the way they threw but we just tried our best."

The pair suffer from muscular dystrophy and compete in the non-cerebral palsy class of BC4.

Singapore also failed to retain their gold in the BC3 mixed pair category, as the final round-robin match for the gold medal against Thailand ended 7-3 in the Thais' favour. Both teams had previously beaten Malaysia.

The Thai duo of Tanimpat Visaratanunta - another Paralympian - and Ekkarat Chaemchoi proved too strong for Toh Sze Ning and partner Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha, as they scored seven unanswered points in End 2 and 3, erasing Singapore's 2-0 lead in the first end. The Singapore pair later scored a consolation point in the final end to earn a silver medal.

Nurul said: "We are going to look at our shots and strategies again so that we can do better next time."

On failing to retain the two golds that Singapore won in the previous edition of the APG, team manager Kenneth Soh said: "We're disappointed that we could not get a gold at home. But credit to the opponents (Thailand). They are very competitive.

"We'll definitely hope to reclaim the gold in the next edition."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2015, with the headline 'Boccia aims to reclaim golden touch'. Print Edition | Subscribe