Selangor bowler Natasha Roslan gets a lift from her team-mates after clinching the Sukma women's singles gold medal at the Perlis Bowl on Tuesday. - FAIHAN GHANI/ The Star
KANGAR: Selangor’s Natasha Roslan burst into tears immediately after securing the Sukma bowling women’s singles gold medal following a tense finish at the Perlis Bowl.
Heading into her sixth and final game, Natasha, who was bowling in the second squad in the evening session, was trailing the first squad’s leader Radin Nur Najwa of the Federal Territories by 215 pins.
The 18-year-old from Subang Jaya kept her nerves in the pressure-filled environment to produce a 225 in her final game to pip Radin by 10 pins.
Natasha produced lines of 206-214-237-258-199-225 for a 1339 total, ahead of Radin’s 1329 and Selangor team-mate Victoria Chin, who settled for the bronze on 1265.
“I just had to cry at the end to release all the pent-up emotion and pressure,” said a relieved Natasha.
“I only knew that I was in the lead when my coach (Shalin Zulkifli) told me that I needed to surpass 215 to win the gold medal. It feels good to win the singles gold as I settled for the silver in the event two years ago.”
At the Pahang Sukma in 2012, Natasha also won the gold in the team event and a bronze in the all-events.
“This is my second major singles title in bowling, after winning the 2012 Masters International Championships at Sunway Pyramid,” added Natasha.
“I am happy to win because it justifies all the hard work I have put in over the past two years to win the Sukma singles gold in Perlis.”
For Radin, it was a major heartbreak after enduring two long waits on Tuesday.
The first squad’s session, scheduled for 9am, could only start more than two hours later due to a blackout at the competition venue.
Then, the 18-year-old from Kuala Lumpur had to endure another six-hour wait after topping the first session’s finisher’s list.
In the end, she had to be satisfied with the silver after Natasha’s late heroics.