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Brazil’s Maciel Santos and Dirceu Pinto put up wins at BISFED 2016 World Individual Championships

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Brazil’s Maciel Santos and Dirceu Pinto in China. Image credit: ANDE – Associação Nacional de Desporto para Deficientes

With the BISFED 2016 World Individual Championships underway, Brazil’s Maciel Santos and Dirceu Pinto both delivered impressive wins at BISFED 2016 World Individual Championships in China.

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Competing in the BC2 individual event, Santos blanked Spaniard Manuel Angel Martin Perez by a score of 12  – 0.  Santos is ranked number one in the world in his class, while Martin is ranked seventeenth.  Martin has been a major force in his class in the past, having won a pair of bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Paralympics that also took place in China.

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Brothers Marcelo and Eliseu meet in competition in China. Image credit: ANDE – Associação Nacional de Desporto para Deficientes

Pinto met Japan’s Kintaro Fujii in the BC4 individual competition, where he matched Santo’s performance of winning 12 – 0. Fujii is ranked fifty-third in the world, while Pinto is ranked much higher at seventh.

Other Brazilian matches at the competition included BC4 brothers Marcelo Santos meeting  Eliseu Dos Santos.  Eliseu came into the match ranked third in the world, and defeated world number seventeen and brother 7 – 2.

With the exception of Marcelo’s loss to his brother, Brazilian boccia players are undefeated in the opening round of competition in China.  This is unsurprising given Brazil’s dominance in the sport.  The country had the most medals in boccia of any country at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, claiming three golds and one bronze.  Maciel Santos was one of the country’s gold medalists, winning the Individual BC2 event. Dirceu Pinto won gold in the BC4 individual event in London while Eliseu dos Santos claimed bronze.  The medalist teamed up for the BC4 pair event, where they won Brazil’s fourth medal and third gold.  The country goes to the home hosted Rio Games as clear medal favorites, with a number of players looking to have opportunities to win medals and finish Rio with a better overall medal count than London.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
<p>Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.</p>

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