Thursday, August 14, 2014

Boys strike silver in Hong Kong

MALAYSIA finally made their presence felt in the World Youth Bowling Championships by clinching a silver medal in the boys’ team event in Hong Kong yesterday.

The quartet of Rafiq Ismail, Timmy Tan, Jonathan Ding Sagan and Ahmad Muaz Fishol rose to the occasion but they could not stop the mighty Americans from winning the title.

It was an intense final but the United States team comprising Matthew Farber, Gregory Young, Kamron Doyle and Wesley Low kept their nerves to edge Malaysia 812-735.

Ahmad Muaz was the team’s best performer with 244 pins followed by Rafiq Ismail (174), Jonathan (168) and Timmy (145).

In the semi-finals, the Americans edged Japan 776-760 while Malaysia thrashed England 909-738.
“We produced high scores in the semi-finals because we were playing on the preferred short oil pattern. But in the final, the Americans chose long oil so it gave them the slight advantage,” said Jonathan when contacted in Hong Kong yesterday.

Ahmad Muaz said: “I was also battling myself in the final as I was so nervous.
“It was my first ever experience playing in a final of a world class tournament. I, however, managed to calm myself and also kept focused on my shots.”

Malaysia started the day by finishing second overall in the preliminary round by posting a combined 5,066 series after the completion of the second block yesterday. The US topped the standings with 5,368.

In the girls’ team, Malaysia’s Victoria Chin, Nerosha Keligit, Natasha Roslan and Radin Nur Najwa failed to make the semi-finals after finishing fifth on 4,733.

Japan won gold by edging Sweden 784-783 in the final while Finland and the US were bronze medallists.

In the boys’ all-events, Wesley won gold with 4,224 pinfalls ahead of silver medallist Doyle (4,095) and Sweden’s Jesper Svensson (4,078).

Rafiq was Malaysia’s best-placed bowler at fourth with 3,930, followed by Timmy (eighth — 3,852), Ahmad Muaz (ninth — 3,805) and Jonathan (35th— 3,657). Except for Jonathan, the others will compete in today’s top-24 masters event.

Japan’s Shion Izumune won the girls’ all-event with 3,836 ahead of American silver medallist Mary Wells (3,777) and bronze medallist Lizabeth Kuhlkin (3,724).

Radin was Malaysia’s top performer in 14th position on 3,630 ahead of Victoria (16th — 3,590), Natasha (25th — 3.493) and Nerosha (59th — 3,267). Only Radin and Victoria will feature in today’s masters competition.  

By Ajitpal Singh - NST

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