Australian boccia athlete Daniel Michel has earned his place into the final round of the singles tournament at the Boccia World Open in Columbia, after defeating Venezuelian Jesus Sanchez.
Dominating each of the four Ends, Michel defeated the Sanchez 15-0, leaving Sanchez with nowhere to hide the Jack from his pin point drawing shots.
“A solid opening game, I played pretty well, and it has given me confidence for the rest of the tournament. I knew I had to put some points on the board to progress through to the next round,” he said.
In his second game of the day, Michel played against the fast rising Russian star Maxim Vasilev. Michel shot out to an early two point lead, but Vasiliev slowly pegged him back to win 2-3.
Unable to win either of his Jack Ends, he said: “I struggled to get the run of the court, but credit to him for coming back from the First End.
“It wasn’t my best but it has prepared me well for tomorrow.”
Making the final round of 16, Michel will be pushing hard tomorrow to defeat Spain’s Wafid Boucherit and earn a place in the semi finals.
The success of Michel at this tournament will dictate whether he is invited to next year’s Boccia World Cup; a key qualifying tournament for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
“Making the top four will be a huge step towards the dream that drives Daniel,” said Australian head coach Peter King.
In other results from the day, Cally Simpson defeated France’s Charlotte Corciamont despite competing in a borrowed wheelchair after hers broke in warm up. Tait Jenkins won a thrilling tie break game against Japan’s Keita Kato, although neither of the Australian athletes progressed to the next round.
The Boccia World Open in Santiago de Cali concludes this Wednesday, 3 November.
By APC Media