Malaysia add two silvers to tally

Malaysia’s Tan Chye Chern, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail and Ahmad Muaz Mohd Fishol pose during the victory ceremony of the men’s trios bowling during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang. — Bernama photos

Mohd Qabil Ambak

PALEMBANG: The national men’s bowling trio of Rafiq Ismail, Timmy Tan Chye Chern and Ahmad Muaz Mohd Fishol rose from the 10th position in the first block to clinch the silver medal in the event at the 2018 Asian Games yesterday.

Earlier in Jakarta, national equestrian ace Mohd Qabil Ambak Mahamad Fathil finished second in the individual dressage to add another silver in the medal tally.

The bowling trio recorded 4,235 points at Jakabaring Bowling Centre to defend the silver medal in the event.

They were however 109 points behind Japan’s Tomoyuki Sasaki, Shogo Wada and Shusaku Asato (4,344), who were the defending champions while the bronze medal went to the Singaporean trio comprising Alex Chong, Darren Ong and Muhammad Jarris Goh (4,226).

Shusaku also became the first player to roll a perfect game of 300 points in this multi-sports event in his third game.

Another national trio of Adrian Ang Hsien Loong, Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek and Alex Liew who were placed second in the first block could not keep their blazing pace when they finished ninth with 4,147 points.

Malaysia won the gold medal in the event through Daniel Lim, Ben Heng and Aaron Kong in the 2006 edition in Doha while in Incheon, South Korea, the Malaysian trio of Syafiq, Timmy Tan and Zulmazran Zulkifli bagged the silver.

This is the second Asian Games medal from the bowling camp after women’s trio of Esther Cheah, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, ended a 24-year drought in the event with a gold medal at the same venue on the first day of competition on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Mohd Qabil displayed a brilliant performance along with his steed Rosenstolz to earn 76.620 points at the Jakarta International Equestrian Park but failed to beat Hong Kong’s Wing Ying Siu, who bagged a gold medal with 77.045 points.

South Korean Kim Hyeok settled for the bronze with 75.705 points.

Earlier, the 38-year-old Mohd Qabil was the top qualifier in the preliminary round last Tuesday.

For the record, Mohd Qabil won bronzes in the event in the 2006 and 2010 editions in Doha and Guangzhou, respectively. — Bernama

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