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Great Britain's David Smith "happy" to secure boccia bronze medal

David Smith says that it was important for him and his Great Britain boccia teammates to win bronze after losing to Thailand yesterday.

One quarter of Great Britain's Paralympic bronze-medal boccia team David Smith believes that he and his teammates needed to "bounce back" after getting crushed by Thailand.

The host nation slumped to an 18-1 loss in yesterday's semi-final but managed to nab a spot on the podium with a bronze medal today after defeating Portugal 7-5.

"It was great to bounce back from a heavy defeat," said Smith. "The Thailand guys took us apart in the semis and even if we were at our best, they would have probably still beaten us.

"We knew we could beat Portugal if we played our game. We had a slight squeaky-bum moment at the end of the fifth set when we left it a bit open. We would usually nail them which was a bit strange but happy we saw it out."

Smith's quartet included Daniel Bentley, Nigel Murray and Zoe Robinson.

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Saturday's key events

· Two-time Olympic gold medallist and comeback queen Helen Glover teams up with Polly Swan in the heats of the women's pair (12.30am-4.30am)

· Two-time Rio gold medallist Max Whitlock leads Team GB's charge in the men's qualification, while Rhys McClenaghan flies the flag for Ireland (2am-2pm)

· The first gold medal of the Games will be awarded in the Air Rifle women's final (from 2.45am)

· The men's road race should be a wide-open thriller, with Team GB among those going for gold (3am-10am)

· Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are among the names in action on the opening day of tennis (from 3am)

· Adam Peaty and many others get their Olympics campaigns underway on the opening day of swimming (11am-12.50pm)

· Team GB's women try to make it two wins from two against hosts Japan (11.30am)
· Netherlands and Brazil, who scored 15 goals between them on matchday one, face off (12pm)
· World champions USA look to bounce back from a shock opening defeat against New Zealand (12.30pm)

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