SIMON Munn and his GB wheelchair basketball team-mates will fight it out in the semi-finals on Thursday as they set their sights on Paralympic gold.
Wednesday’s 75-70 win over Turkey booked their spot in the final four, with the gold medal match awaiting the winner on Saturday.
It has been a hectic week for the wheelchair basketball team. Since the tournament’s opening game last Thursday, Team GB have played six matches with MK’s Simon Munn playing a key part in the action on the court.
He top scored for GB in their first game, netting 21 points, but it came in vain as Germany were just too strong, beating them 72-77.
Things didn’t get much better for the home side in the second game as they lost again, this time to 70-54 Canada, with Munn contributing seven points.
The team knew they’d need to win all of their remaining three games to be in with a chance of getting through to the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
And with that in mind, they held nothing back against Colombia, hammering them 81-41, with Munn third top scorer for GB with 10 points.
GB’s great for continued with another high-scoring victory, 87-58 against Poland and a 71-55 win over Japan, with Munn adding 12 and 15 respectively.
That set up the nail-biting quarter-final against Turkey on Wednesday.
In a game that went right down the wire, GB managed to hold on to secure a 75-70 victory. Munn played less than six minutes during the game, adding two points to the total.
The win sets up a semi-final clash against Canada or Spain, with the winners progressing to the gold medal match, while the losers will fight it out for bronze.
But it wasn’t such great news for Alistair Patrick-Heselton in the 7-a-side football tournament.
The Great Britain cerebral palsy team were beaten in their opening two matches, making it almost impossible for them to qualify, despite beating the USA 4-0 in their final group game.
Their first game came against Brazil on Saturday. It was always going to be an uphill struggle for the lads from Team GB – Brazil came fourth in the Paralympics in 2008. But it didn’t lessen the blow as the Samba boys wrapped up a 3-0 victory, with all three goals coming in the first half.
And as if it wasn’t already hard enough, GB knew they’d need a result against defending Paralympic champions Ukraine to stand any chance of qualification from Preliminary Group B.
They were immediately on the back foot courtesy of a Ukrainian goal in the first minute of play, and it went downhill from there. GB ultimately came out on the wrong end of a 7-1 scoreline, eliminating them from the tournament with Wednesday afternoon’s game against the USA still remaining.
The American’s had fared even worse than Team GB, losing 8-0 to Brazil and 9-0 to the Ukraine.
GB topped off their 7-a-side tournament with a 4-0 victory, but end their Paralympic adventure earlier than they’d have hoped.
Wheelchair fencer Gabi Down gets her Paralympic dream underway on Friday.
The 14-year-old is part of the team fencing event, and will take on Hong Kong in the quarter-finals.