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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia are guaranteed a medal in the Bowling World Championships in Nevada, United States.
The Malaysian women’s team of Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, Esther Cheah, Shalin Zulkifli and Sin Li Jane finished second after a six-game score of 6,277 pins on Wednesday to qualify for the semi-finals.
The United States rallied from eighth spot after three games to amazingly finish on top with 6,439 pins. South Korea dropped from the lead to finish third on 6,262 pins while Venezuela earned the last spot in the semi-finals on 6,211 pins.
“The team are hoping to emulate their feat in 2003 (Kuala Lumpur) and 2007 (Mexico) where they emerged as champions,” said team manager Cheah Ban Cheng.
Seasoned campaigner Shalin said they won’t be contented with the bronze.
“We are not settling for the bronze medal ... we will go all the way. We are very excited with the opportunity (of making the semi-finals),” said Shalin.
While the women have put themselves in medal contention, the men’s team missed out on the semi-finals after finishing in 12th spot with 6,306 pins.
The team of Adrian Ang, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Alex Liew, Timmy Tan and Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek failed to move up from fifth spot after three games, with each of them posting a sub-200 game in the fifth game.
South Korea (6560), United States (6556), Denmark (6512) and Finland (6500) will slog it out in the semi-finals after occupying the top four spots after six games.
“We were just unlucky to bowl on a bad pair of lanes in that game. We tried and changed everything we could but nothing worked,” lamented Adrian.
Team (After six games)
Men: 1. South Korea 6560, 2. United States 6556, 3. Denmark 6512, 4. Finland 6500.
Selected: 12. Malaysia 6306.
Women: 1. United States 6439, 2. Malaysia 6277, 3. South Korea 6262, 4. Venezuela 6211.
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bowling, World Championships, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, Esther Cheah, Shalin Zulkifli, Sin Li Jane
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