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Malaysian bowlers shine in 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017

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The Malaysian men and women dominated the bowling competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017) August 18-25 at Sunway Mega Lanes in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, by winning seven out of eleven gold medals and adding four silver and three bronze medals.

The bowling event drew 41 men and 34 women from seven countries, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the host country Malaysia, who bowled for the medals in men’s and women’s singles doubles, trios, teams and masters as well as in mixed doubles.

The top 16 players in all-events, which did not award any medals, determined the men’s and women’s masters champion.

The Malaysian men and women (pictured above) medaled in every event except men’s five-player team event and women’s doubles.

Rafiq Ismail and veteran Shalin Zulkifli (left, l-r) each won three gold medals. Ismail successfully defended his singles title, the joined forces with Sin Li Jane (right) to claim gold in a new discipline at the SEA Games, mixed doubles, before Rafiq and Zulkifli concluded the Games with victory in masters.

Zulkifli added gold medals in trios, with Sin and Esther Cheah, and in the prestigious five-woman team event (left) with Sin, Cheah, Natasha Roslan, Syaidatul Afifah and Siti Safiyah Amirah.

The seventh gold medal for Malaysia came in men’s doubles, where Alex Liew and Syafiq Ridhwan topped Ismail and Adrian Ang by 17 pins to win the title.

Men’s doubles silver and gold medalists, from left, Adrian Ang, Rafiq Ismail and Alex Liew, Syafiq Ridhwan.

Singapore was the only other nation to win multiple gold medals at KL2017. Cherie Tan (left) started the Games with victory in singles, while her male team mates (right) Muhd Jaris Goh, Basil Dill Ng, Darren Ong, Cheah Ray Han and Keith Saw were the surprise winners of the team gold medals.

Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper and Sharon Limansantoso (right, l-r) earned the gold medal in women’s doubles and Thailand’s Surasak Manuwong, Atchariya Cheng and Sithiphol Kunaksorn (below left, l-r) triumphed in men’s trios.

The Southeast Asian Games (also known as the SEA Games), is a biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. A host nation must stage at least a minimum of 22 sports.

The games is under regulation of the Southeast Asian Games Federation with supervision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia. The 30th Southeast Asian Games 2019 were given to the Philippines.

For more information on the KL2017, click here.

Photos courtesy of abf-online.org.

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Men’s Masters Finals

Sunway Mega Lanes in Petaling Jaya (August 25, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 213 (1 game)
2. Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 436 (2 games)
3. Alex Liew, Malaysia, 209 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 2 Yannaphon def. No. 3 Liew, 246-209
Championship: No. 1 Ismail def. Yannaphon, 213-190.

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Women’s Masters

Sunway Mega Lanes in Petaling Jaya (August 25, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, (2 games)
2. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, (1 game)
3. Shayna Ng, Singapore, 199 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 2 Zulkifli def. No. 3 Aziela, 224-199
Championship: Zulkifli def No. 1 Roumimper, 59-37, in roll-off after a 225-225 tie, and 223-222 in the decider.
Note: The No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Men’s Masters Match Play

Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Women’s Masters Match Play

Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Men’s All-Events

No medals given in all-events; top 16 advance to match play masters.

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Women’s All-Events

No medals given in all-events; top 16 advance to match play masters.

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Men’s Team event

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Women’s Team event

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Men’s Trios

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Women’s Trios

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Mixed Doubles

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Men’s Doubles

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Women’s Doubles

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Men’s Singles

29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 – Women’s Singles

Author: Herbert Bickel
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