Chew Wei Lun Brings Home Malaysia's Third Medal In The Tokyo Paralympics

The para-athlete stunned multiple top-seeds to enter the final of the Boccia individual event, where he unfortunately met his match.

Cover image via Bernama/Malay Mail

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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.

David Smith is a previous two-time Paralympic Boccia champion in the BC1 category, and was given a Member of the British Empire (MBE) title in 2017.

Image via AP/Independent

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!

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