The Argentine bocce team BC1-BC2 ended its participation in Tokyo and thus the experienced bochista finished his sixth consecutive Paralympics, a record for the sport of Mar del Plata.
(Photo: Tokyo 2020 press)
Definitely Mauricio Coqui Ibarbure It is found in the most important pages of the books of the sport and of the Mar del Plata athletes after having finished their participation in the sixth Paralympic Games in a row, absolute record for the sport in Mar del Plata.
This Friday was the end point of their participation in Tokyo after facing the team competition Bocce BC1-BC2 in the largest adapted sport event. The national team composed of the experienced Coqui Ibarbure, Ailén Flores, Luis Cristaldo and Jonatan Aquino finished the competition in Group A without obtaining victories.
In a complex group in which he had the best team in the world in sport such as Thailand, with which it fell 2 to 11, already China, fourth in the Ranking (1-8), Argentina also lost to Britain for a tight 4 to 6 and before Russia in the tiebreaker after finishing tied at 7.
In addition to the 40-year-old bochista, these Paralympic Games in Tokyo once again had Mar del Plata with a great presence in the maximum international sporting event. Not only on the court with Coqui Ibarbure, but in the staff with the coaches Pablo Iocca and Cristian Rosado, in addition to the Balcarceño assistant Agustin Molpeceres.
But the Mar del Plata participation in these Paralympic Games in Tokyo also featured the swimmer Matías De Andrade who obtained the silver medal in the 100 meters backstroke S6 this Friday at dawn, and cut the 17-year streak without Mar del Plata medals, since Betiana Basualdo’s bronze in the 100-meter freestyle category S2 in Athens 2004.
Regarding the boccia competition in Tokyo, the Ariake Arena was the stadium that hosted the competition, and in which the Mar del Plata player not only participated in the team event but also did it in individual BC1 category, with a victory and three defeats: he beat the Mexican Sánchez Reyes (5-4), tenth in the world, and lost his corresponding matches against the Japanese Takumi Nakamura by 8 to 5, with the British and number 1 in the world, David Smith by a tight 4 to 3 and against the china Qi Zhang (1-5).
This is how the sixth Paralympic Games passed for Coqui after what their participations in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and now Tokyo 2020 (+1) meant. His best result was a fourth place on Brazilian soil five years ago in team competition with his teammates María Esther Sahonero, Luis Cristaldo and Sebastián González with a historic post since it was the best paralympic boccia performance from Argentina. They lost in the match for the bronze medal against Portugal 6-2.