Monday, 11 August 2014 | MYT 9:50 PM

Youth bowlers fell by the wayside again in Hong Kong

Victoria Chin (left) and Radin Nur Najwa could only finish 10th.

Victoria Chin (left) and Radin Nur Najwa could only finish 10th.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia came up empty-handed again at the World Youth Bowling Championships in Hong Kong. 

Timmy Tan-Ahmad Muaz Fishol had raised hopes after starting promisingly in the boys’ doubles Squad C in the opening three games – 444-381-486 – at the SCAA Bowling Centre yesterday. 

But like in the singles, they fell apart after that to finish with a 2,484 total to finish second in the squad. It was not good enough as they were placed seventh overall to bow out of the semi-finals. 

Rafiq Ismail and Jonathan Ding Sagan competed in Squad D and rolled lines of 451-391-406-363-397-446 for a 2,454 total to finish 11th overall. 

“Our boys bowled well today, but it just wasn’t good enough to qualify for the semi-finals. But we have not given up hope yet as we still have the team event,” said team manager Cheah Ban Cheng. 

In the girls’ doubles, Victoria Chin-Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfakar were the leaders in Squad C after three games. The duo, however, faltered and managed to garner a 2,358 total to be placed 10th overall. 

Natasha Roslan-Nerosha Keligit fared even worse in Squad D, accumulating 2,224 pinfalls to finish 25th overall. 

Malaysia also flopped in the singles event on Saturday with none of them making the semi-finals after promising to win a medal in every event before the start of the championships. 

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Markus Jansson-Pontus Andersson proved they were in a class of their own as they swept aside American’s Matthew Farber and Kamron Doyle 405-371 to take the boys’ doubles gold. The bronze went to losing semi-finalists Enrique Kassian-Andre Fors of Mexico and Americans Gregory Young-Wesley Low. 

However, it was a close battle in the girls’ doubles final with Americans Sarah Lokker-Lizabeth Kuhlkin edging top qualifiers Shion Izumune-Kana Shimoide of Japan 370-361 to grab the gold. Colombians Tatiana Munoz-Laura Plazas and Indonesia’s Nadia Nurmalina and Alisha Nabila took the bronze. 

Today, the Malaysians will compete in the boys’ and girls’ team qualifying rounds.


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