National Boccia champion Chew Wei Lun has won Malaysia's third medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, bringing home silver
In an exhilarating final of the Boccia mixed individual BC1 event earlier today, 1 September, Chew narrowly lost to world number one David Smith of Great Britain to finish second.
In the first End, Chew had stormed into a 2-0 lead after pulling off a measured display, visibly rattling Smith.
However, from that point on, the points were hotly contested, with Smith only edging out the Malaysian with a narrow one point margin in End two and three.
The Brit would then clinch the game at the death, with two points to take the final score to 2-4, thus retaining his title.
Chew was undefeated leading up to the final, dispatching much more fancied opponents
He had beaten Brazil in the opening game of the preliminaries 5-2, and stayed perfect throughout the opening rounds.
Chew racked up victories over world number two Witsanu Huadpradit of Thailand (4-3), world number eight Korean Sungjoon Jung (9-3), and trashed Katerina Curinova of the Czech Republic to finish top of his pool.
In the knockout rounds yesterday, 31 August, Chew cooly dispatched China and Portugal in comfortable victories – 4-2 and 9-5 respectively – before today's showpiece.
The 26-year-old Chew was making his Paralympics debut, and will take heart at the performance.
Congratulations Chew Wei Lun!