PETALING JAYA: Rafiq Ismail is the last Malaysian standing at the World Youth Championships in Hong Kong after finishing in the top eight of the boys’ first step-ladder of the Masters event.
Rafiq accumulated a 5,131 total to take sixth spot at the SCAA Bowling Centre. Only the top eight out of 24 bowlers will compete in today’s second step-ladder.
The other two Malaysians – Timmy Tan and Ahmad Muaz Fishol – failed to make the cut.
Timmy finished 10th spot with a 5,086 total while Ahmad was placed 17th on 4,963.
The 17-year-old Rafiq admitted he did not have a stellar outing yesterday.
“I didn’t bowl well today, so coaches Holloway (Cheah) and Ben (Heng) told me to defend and pick up my spares and not leave any open frames, Now, I hope to bounce back tomorrow,” said Rafiq.
The Malaysian faces an uphill task to win a medal as he will have to contend with Americans Wesley Low and Kamron Doyle as well as three Swedes – Jesper Svensson, Pontus Andersson and Magnus Johnson.
Low leads with 5,415 pinfalls followed by Doyle (5,388), Svensson (5,386), Andersson (5,136) and Johnson (5,132). Hong Kong’s Michael Mak (5,123) and South Korea’s Choi Woo-sub (5,110) are placed seventh and eighth respectively.
The eight will play round-robin matches today with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals.
“I need to be patient. I have seven more games tomorrow (today) to turn things around. I’ll just go out there and do my best. Whatever the outcome, I’ll have to accept it,” said Rafiq.
In the girls’ competition, Malaysians Victoria Chin and Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfakar failed to make the top eight.
Victoria could only manage a 4,795 total for 14th spot while Radin was placed 15th on 4,798
Japan’s Shion Izumune leads the way into today’s second step-ladder with a 5,021 total followed by American Mary Wells (4,985), Ukraine’s Daria Kovalova (4950) and Finland’s Sanna Pasanen (4,943).