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Golden finale for GB boccia stars

Golden finale for GB boccia stars
David Smith wins gold

Great Britain's David Smith, Jamie McCowan and Stephen McGuire all won gold on the final day of the European Championships in Portugal.

The thrilling finale saw Paralympic champion Smith turn a 4-0 deficit against Russia's Mikhail Gutnik into a stunning 5-4 victory, while McGowan trailed 6-0 and 7-4 before coming through to win 8-7.

It was slightly smoother going for McGuire, who beat Russia's Sergey Safin - who he had lost to in the earlier stages of the tournament - to add a European title to the world title he claimed last year.

McGuire and McCowan both leave Portugal with a silver and a gold medal in their luggage after finishing in second place in the BC4 and BC3 Pairs event respectively.

For world number one Smith, the dramatic comeback victory adds the final flourish to an astonishing unbeaten season with significant wins also coming at the BISFed World Open in Kansas.