Paralympic pair suffer defeats

Dan Bentley won bronze in the team event
Dan Bentley won bronze in the team event
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Dan Bentley’s hopes of following boccia team bronze with individual success are over.

The former University of Portsmouth student went down to Portuguese competitor Cristina Goncalves in their clash which saw his race end at the first hurdle.

While he was part of the team that grabbed a fine bronze with a 7-5 success over Portugal, the 28-year-old was unable to repeat his heroics in the individual competion and missed out on a quarter-final berth after a 4-1 defeat.

Meanwhile, Fareham-based Ross Morrison’s bid for success in wheelchair rugby started with defeat at the hands of gold-medal favourites USA yesterday.

Despite a battling performance from Great Britain – which saw them gain a narrow lead in the opening stages – the USA gradually took command and claimed a 56-44 victory.

Britain, who led after the first quarter of a typically brutal game, now need to bounce back quickly in their second group clash against France this evening (7pm).

Morrison & Co tackle Japan in their third fixture tomorrow.

Wins in both should see them through to the semis on Saturday with the final taking place on Sunday.