LIVERPOOL, England – Alison Levine of Montreal placed fourth in the individual BC4 category on Wednesday at the boccia world championships.
Levine lost the bronze medal match 4-3 to Germany’s Boris Nicolai. Levine, ranked seventh in the world, led 3-1 heading into the fourth and final end but Nicolai scored three to snare third spot.
‘’Obviously I’m pretty disappointed right now,’’ Levine told Sportcom. ‘’My level of play wasn’t as high as yesterday.
‘’It hurts now but I honestly had an amazing competition, showing that I truly am one of the best in the world.’’
In the quarterfinal Tuesday, the 2016 Paralympian upset world number-two Pornchok Larpyen of Thailand 4-3 in extra ends with the winning point requiring a measurement.
‘’Both Alison and Boris played high level boccia today,’’ said Canadian coach César Nicolai. ‘’Boris opened the fourth with a great opening shot which kept Alison off balance. She was never able to control the jack.’’
In her semifinal Wednesday morning, Levine lost 7-1 to Zheng Yusansen of China.
Levine is back in action Thursday in pairs with compatriots Marco Dispaltro and Iulian Ciobanu.
Similar to lawn bowls, boccia is a game of precision that demands intense focus. The primary objective is to throw leather balls as close to the jack as possible. There are four classifications, three of which are for players with cerebral palsy. It is practiced in more than 50 countries today.