Lean, mean Daniel ready for the challenges



    Republished courtesy of the Malaysia Star (Aug 29, 2006)

    After eight months of physical training at Bukit Jalil gymnasium, national bowler Daniel Lim is trim and fit for the challenges in the men's World Championships. And the 30-year-old is all fired up to a medal drought in his third appearance in the championships, which begin on Thursday in Busan with the doubles event.

    Daniel will be carrying the Malaysian challenge together with Alex Liew, Ben Heng, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Azidi Ameran and Aaron Kong.

    2006MWCLiewKongLimFoongTakMeng.jpg What's my line: Alex Liew (left), Aaron Kong and Daniel Lim listening to coach Foong Tak Meng as he explains the lane patterns at the Asiad Bowling Centre in Busan yesterday.

    "Initially, I was quite worried and was had doubts with the physical training programme. I was losing weight and I felt that there was a lack of power in my game," said Daniel, who lost 9kg and now weighs 84kg.

    As part of the preparation for the championships, the bowlers had to sweat it out at the gymnasium thrice a week – with Daniel putting in extra hours to keep fit. "But once I got adjusted to it, I was able to stand longer hours at the bowling alley and bowl quite consistently. I feel more confident with my game now."

    "My debut in the series (in Abu Dhabi in 1999) was a disaster. But I did better in my second outing and missed out on a bronze in the doubles (with Azidi). That was quite frustrating," said Daniel. "This time, I will not settle for anything less than a medal. The strong teams are from Sweden, the United States, South Korea, and Qatar but we are not far from them.

    "Our team have worked hard, taking into consideration all aspects – skills, our physical conditions, equipment and mental preparation. We will certainly give our opponents strong challenges." Daniel's best achievement this year was winning the Asian Bowling Tour (ABF) Grand Finals in Jakarta in January.

    The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) secretary, Sidney Tung, said that the team had settled down well in Busan and had two practice sessions at the Asiad Bowling Centre.

    "The bowlers trained on both long and short oil patterns. They are adapting well to the conditions. However, we will know the actual lane conditions during the official practice tomorrow (today)," said Sidney via e-mail yesterday.

    Malaysia have yet to win a gold medal in the men's world championships since Khoo Boo Jin, Edward Lim and Allan Hooi emerged as the trios champion in Manila in 1979.