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Published: Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:11:59 AM

Faten-Sharifah strike it right at the third time of asking

KUALA LUMPUR: Third time’s definitely the charm for Pahang’s Faten Najihah Ahmad Faik as the 16-year-old bowler bagged the girls’ doubles title with Sharifah Munirrah Syed Mohsin in the Inter-state Championships at the Pyramid Mega Lanes.

Faten and Sharifah bowled a six-game series total of 1,350 and 1,110 pinfalls each for a combined total of 2,425 to clinch gold.

Kedah’s Maisarah Rozali and Nur Ameera Husna and Federal Territory’s Radin Nur Najwa Arifah and Nur Syazwani Sahar took silver (2406) and bronze (2346) respectively.

Competing in her third championship, Faten came into the competition expecting a top-three finish.

Last year, she finished ninth in the singles and fifth in the doubles. In 2011, she finished 20th in the singles and 12th in the doubles.

“I didn’t perform well here the past two years. So, this time I just set a top-three goal. I never expected to win gold – definitely not twice!” said a jubilant Faten, who also won the girls’ singles title on Tuesday.

“This is my third attempt at landing a medal ... so it’s really quite meaningful to win gold for my home state. It’s a dream come true.”

It was nail-biting stuff as Pahang and Kedah were separated by just one pin after the fifth game. However, Faten and Sharifah held their nerves to clinch it for Pahang.

Sharifah, 17, was also delighted to get her first medal in her debut.

“I really can’t say what makes our partnership work. It just does ... I think we’re just very supportive towards each other and that helps a lot,” said Sharifah, who has only partnered Faten once – at the 2011 national schools meet (MSSM) where they won a silver in the doubles.

Meanwhile, FT’s Yusuf Abdul Raof and Muhd Firdau Idris won the boys’ doubles gold medal after scoring a six-game combined total of 2,492 pinfalls.

Negri Sembilan’s Mohd Azri Noh Shidi and Mohd Hazwan Harman Shah finished second (2474 pinfalls) while the Toh brothers – Yih Sheng and Yih Hong – of Penang ended up third (2449).

Tags / Keywords: Others, Sport, Sport, Inter state Championships, 2013, Girls¿ doubles, Pahang, Faten Najihah Amhad Faik, Sharifah Munirrah Syed Mohsin


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