PETALING JAYA: “Mr Perfect” Biboy Rivera won a splendid birthday gift for himself – a RM190,000 vintage car – with a perfect game in the ongoing Malaysian Open Bowling Championships at the Pyramid Mega Lanes in Subang yesterday.
The Filipino struck the perfect 300 in his very first game in the men’s Open Masters qualifying rounds. The prize was a TD2000 sponsored by EON.
It was not the first perfect game for Rivera, who turned 29 on Tuesday. It was the Asian Championships’ doubles gold medallist’s 18th perfect game.
“I won a car and this is the best prize I have received for a perfect game. It is also a perfect birthday present for me,” said Rivera, who is competing in the Malaysian Open for the first time.
And the perfect game helped put Rivera on top of the standings. His total of 1,071 (300-214-267-290) took him past overnight leader Abdulla Al-Qatan of Qatar, whose best qualifying effort was a 1,021.
“I feel I have a very good chance to win the Malaysian Open on Saturday,” said Rivera, who will be one of the three bowlers to represent the Philippines in the World Ranking Masters in June.
Besides Rivera, who is ranked fifth in Asia, the others who have qualified for the world event are Chester King in the men’s division and Liza del Rosario in the women’s category.
On what he intends to do with the car, Rivera said that he would sell the car here.
“I can’t drive it back home in Manila because our roads are made for left-hand drive cars,” he said.
In the women’s overseas qualifying list, Singapore’s Yap Seok Kim took over the lead with an 892 ahead of World Youth gold medallist Wang Yu-ling of Taiwan, who has an 882.
Overseas: 1. Biboy Rivera (Phi) 1071, 2. Abdulla Al-Qatan (Qat) 1021, 3. Ryan Lalisang (Ina) 1003, 4. Tsai Ting-yun (Tpe) 997, 5. Tom Hahl (Sin) 994.
Overseas: 1. Yap Seok Kim (Sin) 892, 2. Wang Yu-ling (Tpe) 882, 3. Wang Ya-ting (Tpe) 873, 4. Hong Shu-chun (Tpe) 871, 5. Sheanny (Ina) 864.