Slovakia retained their pairs BC4 boccia title ©Getty Images

Slovakia retained their pairs BC4 boccia title by overcoming Hong Kong in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre today.

Samuel Andrejcik and Michaela Balcova were part of the successful Slovakian team at Rio 2016, with the duo joined this time by Martin Streharsky.

The trio fell behind to Hong Kong’s Wai Yan Vivian Lau and Yuk Wing Leung in the first end of the final, but Andrejcik and Balcova responded by winning the second 2-0.

Slovenia edged into a 3-1 advantage in the third end of the gold medal match.

Lau and Leung edged the final end 1-0 but were left settling for silver, with Slovakia celebrating a 3-2 victory.

The result gave Andrejcik a second title of Tokyo 2020, following success in the individual BC4 event.

The Russian Paralympic Committee were the bronze medallists, with Daria Adonina, Sergey Safin and Ivan Frolov winning 5-1 against Portugal to secure a podium place.

The pairs BC3 event required a tie-break to separate the finalists.

Thailand were the winners of the BC1-2 team boccia final ©Getty Images
Thailand were the winners of the BC1-2 team boccia final ©Getty Images

South Korea’s Yejin Choi and Howon Jeong led the contest 3-0 after the first end, only for Japan’s Keisuke Kawamoto, Kazuki Takashi and Keiko Tanaka to fight back.

The final finished level at 4-4.

The South Korean team edged the tie-break 1-0 to clinch gold.

Grigorios Polychronidis, Anna Ntenta and Anastasia Pyrgiotis won bronze for Greece, after they beat Hong Kong 7-0.

Thailand triumphed in the BC1-2 team final, with Witsanu Huadpradit, Subin Tipmanee, Watcharaphon Vongsa and Worawut Saengampa earning gold.

The quartet beat China’s Zhang Qi, Yan Zhiqiang and Lan Zhijian 8-2 in the final.

Japan secured bronze courtesy of a 4-3 win over Portugal.