Daniel Michel is now hungry for success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games after being knocked out of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games boccia competition.

The Sydneysider lost his final pool match against world No. 3 Grigorios Polychronidis from Greece today.

Having been overthrown in the first two ends of the match (4-0, 3-0), Michel was only able to secure two points in the final two ends to finish with a result of 7-2.

“I’m obviously disappointed, but it was a tough game and a tough draw to play in the pool game,” said the 21-year-old Paralympic debutant.

“Grigorios played well and I couldn’t really respond, and that was it.

With only two pool matches before the quarter-finals begin, the BC3 class athlete said:

“It’s a very cut-throat competition so if you lose your game, you’re finished and unfortunately we played this game at the beginning of comp.”

Although this means Michel has been knocked out of competition, he has immediately started to analyse his results to ensure he has a shot at becoming Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist in the sport.

“I was a bit unlucky in some areas but we are most definitely on the right track, and hopefully the next tournament I play in, I’ll get a better result,” he said.

“It’s my first Paralympic Games and if anything, the result has made me hungrier for Tokyo. We think we can do better every time we play, so we’re feeling alright moving forward.”

By APC Media
Posted: 15/09/2016