By Hakim Mahari
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 September 2021: The Malaysian contingent added a collection of medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games after boccia athlete, Chew Wei Lun won a silver medal in the final action of the BC1 individual event at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo today.
Wei Lun, who made history by becoming the first Malaysian athlete to compete in the sport of boccia on the Paralympic stage, lost to defending champion from Rio 2016, David Smith of Great Britain, 2-4, in the final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
The 26-year-old, who is making his Paralympic debut, got off to a good start when he led the world number one 2-0 in the first end before David closed the gap to 2-1 in the second end.
David then equalised to 2-2 in the third end before confirming the gold when winning the fourth end with a 4-2 result.
David’s victory saw him ending Wei Lun’s unbeaten run after winning six games in a row, including four group B fixtures since Saturday.
Despite the loss, Wei Lun’s performance at the Tokyo Paralympics deserves praise because he was not expected to win a medal.
The achievement of the 11th best player in the world helped Malaysia increase its silver medal collection to two, after powerlifting athlete Jong Yee Khie bagged the first in the men’s 107kg category on Monday (30 August).***
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