London 2012 gold medallist Maciel de Sousa Santos warmed up for his individual BC2 title defence at his home Paralympic Games by earning victory at the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) World Open in Póvoa de Varzim.
The Brazilian ended the challenge of Portuguese home favourite Fernando Ferreira by winning 7-3 in their quarter-final meeting before easing to a 15-0 win over Britain’s Josh Rowe to book his place in the gold medal clash.
Dutch player Bernd Meints gave Santos a strong test in the final but the Brazilian ultimately came through to secure a 5-4 win.
Nigel Murray beat his compatriot Rowe 7-1 in an all-British bronze medal contest.
Brazil celebrated a second title after beating Canada 6-2 in the BC4 pairs final, with Slovakia claiming the bronze following their 6-1 win over Germany.
The British team had looked on course to match Brazil’s gold medal tally, when Paralympic silver medallist David Smith beat the Netherlands Daniel Perez 4-1 in the BC1 individual event.
Guilherme Moraes of Brazil defeated Portugal’s António Marques 7-2 to earn the final podium place.
Britain’s pursuit of a second title ended narrowly short after they were forced to settle for silver in the BC1/BC2 team competition, due to losing a tie-break to Japan, following a 7-7 draw.
The home fans celebrated a bronze medal as Portugal secured a 9-3 win over Brazil.
Their sole title of the World Open was earned by José Carlos Macedo, who beat Canada’s Eric Bussière 6-1 in the BC3 individual competition.
Britain’s Patrick Wilson won his bronze medal contest 4-0 against Brazil’s Evelyn Oliveira.
The team event saw Russia triumph by winning 6-2 against France, with Britain beating Sweden 10-0 in the bronze medal match.
Pedro Clara missed out on gold for Portugal in the BC4 event after losing the final 5-0 to Slovakia’s Samuel Andrejcik, while Britain’s Stephen McGuire beat Brazil’s Eliseu dos Santos 5-3 to win bronze.