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TEAM ENGLAND: Watford teenager wins bronze at Commonwealth Games

 Published on: 10th August 2022   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Watford teenager has won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games after competing in the men’s 3×3 wheelchair basketball.

Abderrahim Taghrest was part of the Team England side that comfortably beat Malaysia 21-11 to finish third in the competition.

The talented 18-year-old, who has played the sport for 10 years, was integral in the team’s success.

However, it could have been even better as they suffered an agonising defeat to Australia in the semi finals as they went down 12-11 with a last gasp two-pointer sealing their fete.

Speaking after their bronze medal success, captain Lee Manning, spoke of the pride in Abderrahim and his teammates.

He said: “What they were able to do is unbelievable and takes guts, pride, resilience, every word you can produce, to do that,

“Yesterday knocked us. It hurt, there’s no two ways about it. We came in expecting and wanting gold.”

Abderrahim said: “There is of course a sense of pride knowing it is the first time wheelchair basketball has been in the Commonwealth Games, but I’m already looking to the future and hoping it stays in the games.”


Picture credit Team England

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