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Tuesday September 10, 2013 MYT 8:54:00 PM
Tuesday September 10, 2013 MYT 8:55:46 PM
by shamshul fitri
Chong Jun Foo: 'I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I had the split in the final frame.''
PETALING JAYA: Chong Jun Foo delivered Malaysia’s first gold medal in the Asian Youth Bowling Championships in Hong Kong after winning the boys’ singles on Tuesday.
Jun Foo had lines of 194-207-256-237-259-208 for a 1,361 total to win by seven pins over Indonesia’s Billy Mohd Islam. Lee Ik-kyu of South Korea settled for the bronze on 1,322 pins.
It was a closely contested event as Billy, a member of the Indonesian team for the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta, held the top spot in the first squad.
Bowling in the second squad, Jun Foo showed that he deserved the gold with a strong finish.
The 20-year-old pushed hard and needed a spare in the final frame of the final game to beat Billy.
It almost all came undone when Jun Foo had a three-pin split in the final frame. But he stood up to the test and managed to spare the frame to win the gold.
“I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I had the split in the final frame. But then the coaches (Foong Tak Meng and Steven Teng) came to me and assured me that I could do it.
“The next thing I knew, I took the shot and managed to spare. It was almost unreal to win it that way,” said Jun Foo.
Meanwhile, Faten Najihah Ahmad Faik was just three pins shy of making the podium in the girls’ singles as she finished fourth on 1,208 pins.
Asian giants South Korea took home the gold through Choi Ae-rim (1,246) while Japan’s Shinobu Saito (1,220) grabbed the silver. Cheya Chantika of Indonesia bagged the bronze with a 1,211 total.
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