Asia Oceania Boccia Championships get Underway

Hong Kong competing against China in the BC4 pairs event (Photo: Asia Oceania Boccia Championship)

The Asia and Oceania Boccia Championship got under way on Wednesday with the team and pairs events completing with hosts Hong Kong and South Korea doing especially well.

The first final was the pairs BC4 event which was won by Hong Kong as they defeated South Korea in a thrilling match. Hong Kong had to throw well in the late ends to hold on to the win, after taking a 2-0 lead in the first before adding one more in the second. South Korea came back in the final two ends, but they could only manage one point in final end which was just not enough, falling in a 3-2 result.

The BC3 pairs event was another thrilling final between South Korea and Hong Kong but this time the Koreans got the victory. Again it was a late surge from South Korea, but it was successful as they managed a big three points on the fourth end, thanks in part to a penalty against Hong Kong which saw the ball removed due to no swing ramp before he penalty ball. Hong Kong took a 2-0 lead in the first which South Korea cut in half in the second. Hong Kong restored their lead before the big fourth end from South Korea gave them their win.

In the BC1/BC2 third place playoff there was yet another medal for South Korea as they managed a massive win over China. The Koreans managed four in the first end, and despite China taking two in the second end the Koreans cruised, winning the match 14-2.

The third and fourth place playoff for the BC3 classification was thrilling with Australia managing a late comeback which fell just short. Singapore was cruising, 4-0 up after three ends, Australia did the impossible, managing four in the fourth to send it to a tie break. From there Singapore got it together and won the tie break to take the bronze.

China got their first medal of the tournament in the BC4 bronze medal match as they easily accounted for Japan. Scoring an even two points in every single end to cruise to the 8-0 win as Japan never looked in the match.

The final event of the day was the team BC1/BC2 final and it was a dominant performance from Thailand as they held Japan scoreless. Thailand won the match 13-0 as they managed two points in each end, except for the final end where they managed three in the big win.

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