KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Dec 2018:
National men’s tenpin bowling player Muhammad Rafiq Ismail won the singles event of the 2018 World Bowling Men’s Championship in Hong Kong last night.
The victory has made Muhammad Rafiq the first national athlete to win a gold medal in the tournament since 1979.
The 19-year-old, who is also the Asian Games gold medallist, defeated Canada’s Dan MacLelland 217-204 in the final.
Earlier, Muhammad Rafiq had encountered a gruelling and nerve breaking semifinals tie against American Kyle Troup before emerging victorious by a single pinfall at 171-170.
For the record, Malaysia last won a gold medal at the World Bowling Men’s Championship in 1979 in the trios event through Allan Hooi, Edward Lim and J.B. Koo.
There was more good news later for the national tenpin bowling squad when Adrian Ang-Tun Ameerul Hakim Tun Hasnul Azam bagged the men’s doubles gold medal tonight.
According to the championship website www.2018wmc.worldbowling.org, the Malaysians defeated American opponents EJ Tackett-Andrew Anderson 433-370 in the final.
The Malaysians had earlier downed Canadians Dan MacLelland-Francois Lavoie 458-412 in the semi-finals.
Theirs was the second gold medal in as many days for the country.