Sept. 14, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Alison Levine (Montreal, Que.) qualified for the BC4 Mixed Individual quarterfinals today in boccia after winning her match 6-1 against China’s Ximei Lin.
Levine knew that she had to win her match by five to advance. In the first quarter, she went down 0-1. That’s when her determination kicked in.
“I wasn’t going to let her have it. I just was not going to let that happen,” she said. “This was my game.”
As Levine projected a steely calm, Lin began to make unforced errors. Levine scored two in the second end, three in the third, then hung on to score on last point in the fourth end to seal her five-point victory.
“I knew it was a battle ahead of me, but I got on the court and I just wanted it so bad…so I got it!”
Though he lost his game and is out of semi-final contention, teammate and mentor Marco Displatro was thrilled for his protégée, who he recruited from wheelchair rugby.
“I couldn’t be prouder right now,” he said. “It’s tough to lose, but when your teammate goes ahead…I’m on cloud nine. I’m ecstatic. She’s put in so much work and so much effort and I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I’m really, really happy for Alley-cat.”
Levine plays tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. versus Pornchok Larpyen of Thailand. Larpyen won a bronze medal in the BC4 Mixed Pairs with partners Nuanchan Phonsila and Chaleomphon Tanbut, and is currently ranked sixth in the world. Levine is currently ranked 15th, though her performance today will certainly change that.
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