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Mixed results for boccia pair

DeSilva-Andrade, left, and Wilson were both making their Parapan Am debuts

Steve Wilson and Yushae DeSilva-Andrade, the Bermuda boccia players, have both missed out on reaching the semi-finals of their competitions at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto.

Wilson, 67, lost his opening game of the individual BC4 preliminary against Dirceu Pinto, of Brazil, 11-2 at the weekend, but finished on a high note with a 3-2 victory over Adolfo Diosdado, of Mexico, yesterday.

DeSilva-Andrade, who also lost her opening match of the individual BC2 against Lucas Ferreira de Araujo 7-1, suffered an agonising 4-3 defeat yesterday in a tie-breaker against Mexico’s Jesus Oseguera.

Boccia is a precision ball game, related to bowls, played by wheelchair athletes. Both Wilson and DeSilva, 21, were making their Parapan Am debuts.

Jessica Lewis, the Bermuda wheelchair athlete, will be pushing for a medal in the T53 classification in the 100 metres tomorrow at the Parapan Am Athletics Stadium at York University.

The 22-year-old, who hopes to break the Games record of 18.18sec, will also be compete in the 400 and 800 this week.