Malaysian bowler Timmy Tan finished 31st overall in the singles event of the World Youth Championships in Homg Kong on Saturday. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s target of winning a medal in every event at the World Youth Championships fell apart at the seams as the bowlers failed to progress beyond the singles semi-finals.
Elite bowlers Timmy Tan and Jonathan Ding Sagan had looked promising in the beginning of the boys’ Squad D’s qualifying session but fizzled out at the SCAA Bowling Centre on Saturday.
Timmy had a brilliant opening three games, bowling lines of 255-226-252 to occupy top spot. He, however, stumbled in the fourth game after knocking down 193 pins. It went further downhill for him as he could only manage 151 in the next game. In the last game, he accumulated 193 pins for a 1,270 total to finish 10th in his squad and 31st overall.
Like Timmy, Jonathan also had a good start but faded into oblivion. Jonathan finished one pin and one spot ahead of Timmy after lines of 215-234-259-197-172-194.
“We had our chances, but the bowlers failed to capitalise on it. The lanes dried up pretty fast in the fourth game and our bowlers succumbed to the conditions,” bemoaned team manager Cheah Ban Cheng.
Rafiq Ismail, who accumulated a 1,371 total to occupy third place in Squad A on Friday, was the best-placed Malaysian. He finished seventh out of 166 participants. Ahmad Muaz Fishol, also in the same squad as Rafiq, was placed 13th with his 1,328 total.
South Korea’s Choi Woo-sub clinched the gold after he beat Hong Kong’s Michael Mak 226-217 in the final. Beaten semi-finalists American Wesley Low and Sweden’s Jesper Swensen took the bronze.
In the girls’ singles, Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfakar and Natasha Roslan also struggled to shine.
Competing in Squad D, Radin chalked up lines of 180-217-218-188-175-248 for a 1,226 total. She finished 11th overall to sign off as the best Malaysian performer.
Natasha was way off the mark, knocking down 1,157 pins (183-245-184-194-166-185) to be placed 33rd out of 96 competitors.
Victoria Chin (1,172) and Nerosha Keligit (1,110), who competed in Squad A on Friday, finished 29th and 49th respectively.
It was double joy for South Korea as Yang Su-jim defeated Japan’s Shion Izumune 237-208 to bag the gold. Sweden’s Jenny Wegner and Japan’s Kana Shimoide took the bronze.
The boys’ and girls’ doubles competition will be held tomorrow (Monday).