PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s hopes of getting a fifth gold medal were dashed after the women’s lawn bowls triples team lost the final to England 9-17 at the Victoria Park in Leamington Spa on Friday (Aug 5).
The team of Nur Ain Nabilah Tarmizi, Syafiqa Haidar Afif Abdul Rahman and Azlina Arshad put up a fight, but the English trio of Jamie Winch, Natalie Chestney and Sian Honnor shone in front of the home crowd with their superb shots.
After the first end, England took a 3-0 lead and widened the gap with another point in the second end.
But from the third to twelfth ends, the Malaysians showed great fighting spirit to take a 9-8 lead, with skipper Azalina Ahmad proving to be a real cog with her breathtaking shots.
Then from end 13 onwards, it was all England as they collected nine points and sealed the gold for England in the women’s triples.
Earlier, the Malaysian trio beat New Zealand’s Val Smith, Tayla Bruce and Nicole Toomey 16-9 in the semi-final.
The last time Malaysia won gold in the triples event was in the 2006 Melbourne Games when Azlina, Nor Hashimah Ismail and Nor Iryani Azmi beat Australia in the final.