GIL­LIAN AT THE DOU­BLE

Malaysian girls set lanes ablaze at Asian Schools Cham­pi­onships

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nstp.com.my

BOWLERS Gil­lian Lim and Pu­teri Nu­rul Dini con­tin­ued to blaze the lanes in Kuching, clinch­ing the girls’ dou­bles ti­tle at the 18th Asian Schools Cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day.

Just a day af­ter win­ning the girls’ sin­gles gold and bronze medal re­spec­tively at the Me­galanes in Batu Kawa, Gil­lian and Nu­rul clawed back from ninth place to pole po­si­tion af­ter the fifth game.

The Sarawakian and Kedah­born duo amassed a to­tal of 2,470 pin­falls, to fin­ish ahead of com­pa­tri­ots Na­jwa Nazi­rah Mohd Amir-Nur Aina Ka­malia Ab­dul Ayub (2,424) and Sin­ga­pore’s Fiona Yew-Zong Shin Yi (2,417) who set­tled for the silver and bronze re­spec­tively.

“It was truly un­ex­pected be­cause we were in ninth place af­ter the fourth game,” said Gil­lian.

“With two more games re­main­ing, we never gave up. We kept mo­ti­vat­ing each other and we were re­ally sur­prised, when we saw our names on top of the list af­ter the fifth game.

“From then on, we just fought all the way till the end,” added Gil­lian.

The 18-year-old Miri-born is also in the run­ning for the girls all events gold medal, with two events (team and Masters) re­main­ing.

On her tar­get, Gil­lian said: “Now since I al­ready have two gold medals in the bag, I want to go on and try to win as many as I can.”

In the boys’ dou­bles, Malaysia’s Muhd Hazim Ali­hanafiah-Ah­mad Azriq Iza­mudin, amassed a to­tal of 2,625 pin­falls to win the silver medal.

Aus­tralia’s Cal­lum Bor­ck­Lach­lan Stephen­son claimed the top prize on 2,696 pin­falls, while Hong Kong’s Ivan TseAlex Yu (2,623) set­tled for the bronze.

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