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Published: Friday August 1, 2014 MYT 10:11:00 PM
Updated: Friday August 1, 2014 MYT 10:20:44 PM

Lawn bowler Siti Zalina not giving up hat-trick dream

GLASGOW: Two-time champion Siti Zalina Ahmad will continue her pursuit for a hat-trick of Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women’s singles lawn bowls competition.

The 34-year-old policewoman said that she is no quitter and has pledged to compete in the next Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, in 2018.

“It was so disappointing not to achieve my goal in the singles event for the second consecutive Games in eight years. It is even worst that I finished without a medal in Glasgow but I am not going to cry over spilt milk. I will not give up,” said Siti Zalina.

The national No. 1 was bundled out in the group stages after finishing a dismal fourth in Group B with a win and three defeats.

Siti Zalina beat Hina Rereiti of Niue Island 21-2 and lost 21-15 to Nayanmoni Saikia of India, 21-15 to Carmen Anderson of Norfolk Islands and 21-17 to Jo Edwards of New Zealand.

New Zealand’s Jo Edwards defeated Natalie Melmore of England 21-15 for the gold medal while Colleen Piketh of South Africa defeated Northern Ireland’s Catherine McMillen 21-10 in the bronze medal playoff.

Siti Zalina, who won the gold in Manchester (2002) and Melbourne (2006), also failed in the preliminary rounds of the women’s pairs with seasoned campaigner Nor Hashimah Ismail.

Her success story in lawn bowls began when she was only 19 years old.

It was at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games when Siti Zalina won a bronze in the women’s fours event with Norhashimah Ismail, Haslah Hassan and Nor Azwa Mohd Di.

Then, she went on to be the star in the next two Games – winning the women’s singles gold in 2002 Manchester and 2006 Melbourne.

However, her chase for the unprecedented hat-trick of gold medals ran out of steam at the New Delhi Games four years ago. She bowed out in the semi-finals.

Siti Zalina has won many prestigious events, including six Asian titles, a bronze at the World Championships and a silver in the Champions Tournament. Siti was named Olympian of the Year in 2002.

Malaysia wrapped up their campaign in Glasgow with two silvers from the men’s pairs of Mohd Fairul Izwan Muin- Mohd Hizlee Abdul Rais and the women’s fours of Nor Hashimah Ismail, Nur Fidrah Nor, Emma Firyana Saroji and Azlina Arshad.

Mohd Hizlee also did well in the men’s singles but lost to Aron Sheriff of Australia 21-19 in the quarter-finals.

Tags / Keywords: Siti Zalina Ahmad, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, lawn bowls

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