Thursday, November 17, 2011

SEA GAMES: Women's Pairs Secure First Gold In Bowling

JAKARTA, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Jacqueline Sijore-Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi secured Malaysia's first gold medal in bowling on the second day of the event in the SEA Games in Indonesia at the Jaya Ancol bowling centre here Wednesday.

Not only that, their compatriots Sharon Koh-Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Abang Jamalidon who downed 2,413 pins, took the bronze medal for Malaysia's second bronze in the bowling competition.

Jacqueline-Zandra faced a keen challenge from Daphne Tan-Cherie Tan from Singapore but prevailed by seven pins. The Malaysians downed 2,463 pins overall.

Jacqueline, 19, who is from Sarawak, said she knew the Singaporeans would be "hot to handle".

"Our consistency gave us the edge," she said.

For Zandra Aziela, it was sweet revenge as Malaysia's Sin Li Jane had to play bridesmaid to her Singaporean open in the women's individual event and settle for the silver Tuesday.

"It great to defend our Korat SEA Games gold in this event," she said.

In the Korat Games in Thailand in 2007, Ester Cheah-Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani grabbed the gold in the women's pairs.

Malaysia went on to become bowling champions in Korat after capturing four gold, three silver and six bronze.

Bowling was not contested at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos.

As for Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana, who stood in for Esther as the latter is nursing an ankle injury, winning a bronze put her on cloud nine as this is her debut in the SEA Games.


From Ahmad Erwan Othman

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