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Mental trainer Frederick Tan giving Timmy Tan some encouragement during the singles event at the World Championships in Nevada.
KUALA LUMPUR: Debutant Timmy Tan survived his baptism of fire when he emerged as Malaysia’s top performer in the singles event on the opening day of the World Championships in Nevada on Monday.
The 18-year-old Timmy hardly showed any signs of nerves when he blazed the lanes with lines of 212-195-258-217-189-264 to finish as the eighth best bowler in the field of 216, which was dominated by the professionals from the United States.
Timmy, a product of a special project mooted and carried out by national chief coach Holloway Cheah two years ago, came agonisingly close to making the top four cut – before missing it by only 30 pins.
If only he had hit a high score in the fifth game, he would have made it to the elimination round.
Only the top four bowlers after the six games get to play in the knockout stage.
American pro Bill O’Neill, who was the top qualifier after the six games, lived up to his reputation by nicking the gold medal. He defeated South Korea’s Shin Seung-hyeon 181-155 in the semi-finals and continued to stay at the top of his game to beat Germany’s Bodo Konieczny 228-192 in the final.
Seasoned campaigner Alex Liew also stayed on the right track when he finished in 10th position with a six-game score of 1,329 pins.
Sixteen-year-old Ahmad Rafiq Ismail also deserves a special mention. The first-timer made heads turn when he had lines of 202-229-241-216 before hitting a tricky pair of lanes and managed 180-193 for a six-game total of 1,261 to finish in 40th position.
Three other Malaysians – Adrian Ang, Zulmazran Zulkifli and Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek – finished 16th, 57th and 73rd respectively.
Team manager Cheah Ban Cheng was pleased with Timmy and Rafiq’s strong showing.
“We brought Timmy in as a replacement for former international Aaron Kong, who quit last year (due to injury). Holloway has groomed him well as he has done well in his first major tournament,” said Ban Cheng via Facebook chat.
“Timmy and Rafiq caught the attention of the participating teams when they stayed among the top pack by displaying fighting qualities in the initial stages. It was plain hard luck when Rafiq faced some problems going into the fifth and sixth games.
“Overall, it was a good start by them,” added Ban Cheng, who hopes that the men will continue with their momentum in the doubles event.
For now, the focus will shift to the women bowlers – defending champion Jacqueline Sijore, Shalin Zulkifli, Esther Cheah, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Sin Li Jane and Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi – as they begin their campaign in the singles event.
Overall score (six games): 1. Bill O’Neill (US) 1418, 2. Martin Larsen (Swe) 1372, 3. Bodo Konieczny (Ger) 1368, 4. Shin Seung-hyeon (Kor) 1365, 5. Chris Barnes (US) 1364, 6. Yannaphon Larpapharat (Tha) 1346, 7. Choi Bok-eum (Kor) 1343, 8. Timmy Tan (Mas) 1335, 9. Alex de vries (Ned) 1331, 10. Alex Liew (Mas) 1329. Selected: 16. Adrian Ang 1297, 10. Ahmad Rafiq Ismail 1261, 57. Zulmazran Zulkifli 1224, 73. Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek 1202.
Semi-finals: O’Neill bt Seung-hyeon 181-155, Konieczny bt Larsen 209-183.
Final: O’Neill bt Konieczny 228-192.
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