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SEA GAMES(Bowling): Better than all the rest

Malaysian bowlers (from left) Alex Liew, Adrian Ang and Zulmazran Zulkifli show off the trios gold medals at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta yesterday.

Zulmazran Zulkifli hailed the current national bowling team as the strongest Malaysia have had after they dominated the men’s trios, bagging the gold and silver medal to meet their  three-gold target at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre yesterday.

The 27-year-old combined with doubles gold medallists Alex Liew and Adrian Ang to register a total of 3,874 pins, boosted by Zulmazran’s first perfect game in a year registered in the third block.

Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Mohd Nur Aiman Mohd Khairuddin and Aaron Kong completed a superb  outing for the six-man team when they bagged the silver with a 3,703 total to see off pressure from Filipino trio Frederick Ong, Biboy Rivera and Raoul Rivera, who had to settle for the bronze.
   “I just have to say one thing. Since I started my career with the national team in 2000, I have never seen a team this strong. We are strong in all aspects and we’re really a team. We are together in everything, we hang out together, go out together, we are really one,” said Zulmazran.

Zulmazran, who is in his fourth Sea Games, said the trio urged each other on strongly and that helped them register high scores together.

“Adrian was actually behind the perfect game. At that point on that lane, he told me to switch to another ball, which he felt would be better on that lane. I followed his advice and got the perfect game,” said Zulmazran.

A vociferous home crowd not only supported the Indonesian team but were actively going against the Malaysians during the game, but Zulmazran said that only served to inspire them.

“If this is the way we’re playing, we will go for another four gold medals. The crowd was not a problem as we’ve been conditioned to that. We actually felt like they were supporting us, urging us on,” said Zulmazran.

The two women’s trios of Jacqueline Sijore, Sin Li Jane and Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi and Sharon Koh, Dayang Khairunisa Abang Jamalidon and Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani finished their competition in fourth and fifth spots respectively as Thailand got their first bowling gold medal and Singapore bagged silver and bronze.

Source: NST

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