PETALING JAYA: Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman ended Malaysia’s wait for a second medal at the World Bowling Championships by claiming the silver in the women’s All-Events.
The 27-year-old amassed a 5,048 total following the completion of the four events – singles, doubles, trios and five-woman team – at the South Point Bowling Centre in Las Vegas, the United States, on Saturday.
American Danielle McEwan claimed the gold with a 5,126 total. Tsai Hsin-yi of Taiwan compiled a 5,017 total for the bronze.
Earlier on Tuesday, Malaysia clinched the silver through Shalin Zulkifli and Sin Li Jane in the women’s doubles.
And there’s more to come as Malaysia are through to the semi-finals in the five-woman team.
Siti Safiyah, Shalin, Li Jane, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi, Natasha Roslan and Esther Cheah finished the 30-game roll-off as the second seeds with a 6,227 total.
Singapore piled up 6,325 pinfalls for first place. Colombia were third on 6,167 followed by South Korea on 6,140.
Malaysia are now two matches away from reclaiming the gold they last won in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2007.
They were also the winners in Kuala Lumpur in 2003.
For the first time in the championships, the Baker format will be used in the semi-finals and final. Under the system, all the five players will bowl towards a one-game score. Three games are contested in the semi-finals and final.
In the semi-finals, Malaysia take on Colombia while Singapore face two-time defending champions South Korea.
National head coach Holloway Cheah believes his charges have what it takes to become champions for the third time.
“New format or not, all I know is that we have a good chance because our team is strong,” said Holloway, who guided Malaysia to the previous two triumphs.
“It’s all down to who can handle better the tricky lane conditions. But I’m not too worried as Siti, Jane and Shalin are all in fantastic form. Our players are ready to take down anyone to reclaim the title.”
Siti Safiyah was pleased to add the All-Events silver to her collection, having bagged the five-woman team bronze in 2013, also in Las Vegas.
“It’s always nice to win an individual medal, especially in the All-Events as it rewards a bowler’s consistency in a championship,” said Siti Safiyah.
“But I was focused on helping the team today rather than my medal prospects in the All-Events. The team event is the most important to me because I want everyone to return with a medal. Hopefully we can go on to win it,” she added.
The Malaysian five-man team of Rafiq Ismail, Ahmad Muaz Fishol, Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Timmy Tan, Alex Liew and Adrian Ang failed to reach the medal playoffs after they could only manage a 6,089 total to finish sixth.
Four Malaysians – Siti Safiyah, Shalin, Li Jane and Muaz – are also through to the Masters Finals after finishing in the top 24 of the All-Events.
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