Paralympics: Singapore misses out on bronze in boccia mixed pairs BC3 event

Boccia player Toh Sze Ning (in wheelchair), 23, with her coach Tess Tan at the mixed zone of Carioca Arena 2 in Rio.
Boccia player Toh Sze Ning (in wheelchair), 23, with her coach Tess Tan at the mixed zone of Carioca Arena 2 in Rio.ST PHOTO: JOAN CHEW
Boccia player Toh Sze Ning (in wheelchair), 23, with her coach Tess Tan at the mixed zone of Carioca Arena 2 in Rio.
Boccia player Toh Sze Ning (in wheelchair), 23, with her coach Tess Tan at the mixed zone of Carioca Arena 2 in Rio.ST PHOTO: JOAN CHEW
Singapore's Nurulasyiqah Taha (left) and Toh Sze Ning were beaten by Greece in Court 3 of Carioca Arena 2 in Rio.
Singapore's Nurulasyiqah Taha (left) and Toh Sze Ning were beaten by Greece in Court 3 of Carioca Arena 2 in Rio. ST PHOTO: JOAN CHEW
Singapore's Nurulasyiqah Taha and Toh Sze Ning talk with their coaches during their semi-final match on Sept 11.
Singapore's Nurulasyiqah Taha and Toh Sze Ning talk with their coaches during their semi-final match on Sept 11.REUTERS

In the boccia BC3 mixed pairs bronze medal play-off, Nurulasyiqah Taha and Toh Sze Ning missed out on Singapore's third medal of the Rio Paralympics early Tuesday (Sept 13).

They lost 1-8 to Greece in Court 3 of Carioca Arena 2 in Rio.

The duo first edged out Greeks Anna Ntenta, Nikolaos Pananos and Grigorios Polychronidis 3-2 and then outclassed Portugal's Armando Costa, Jose Carlos Macedo and Mario Peixoto 5-1 on Sept 10 (Brazil time).

A day later, the Singaporeans lost 1-3 to Great Britain's Patrick Wilson, and Scott and Jamie McCowan and then 2 - 6 to Brazil's Antonio Leme, Evani Soares da Silva and Evelyn de Oliveira.

The pair's coach, Tess Tan, 29, attributed the loss to their strong Greek opponents.

"They were neater and tidier in all of their shots, and possibility, got some lucky shots as well. But I think we did quite well overall. When we came into the competition, we were ranked seven [in the world] and we finished fourth now.

"We did better than what people were expecting us to do."

When asked to rate her performance, 23-year-old Toh gave herself a five out of 10, with 10 being the most satisfied.

She said: "I'm disappointed, but I think we have done our best."

Her team-mate and captain, Nurulasyiqah Taha, 31, was in no mood to talk to the media after the defeat, wheeling herself out of the mixed zone with disappointment written all over her face.

Tan said the focus for the pair now would be on the BC3 individual seeding events happening over the next two days.

"We will need to sharpen our shots and work on our decision-making. Hopefully, the girls' experience in the BC3 pairs would help them."

Boccia is one of three Paralympic-specific sports which has no Olympic counterpart and is for athletes with conditions like severe cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy that affects all four limbs.