TABORA'S WORLD CUP WIN IS LIKE A WHIFF OF FRESH AIR

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By BRIAN YALUNG

Krizziah Tabora’s re­cent tri­umph in the 53rd Quibica AMF Bowl­ing World Cup bodes well for the coun­try’s am­bi­tious bid to rekin­dle its lost glory in the sport.

Up against world-class bowlers, Tabora ad­mit­ted she was feel­ing un­easy, know­ing full well that the task of win­ning the cov­eted cham­pi­onship bor­ders to al­most im­pos­si­ble.

“Be­fore mag-start, nag-pray po ako na sana al­isin ni God yung kaba ko or kahit bawasan man lang niya. Then Ini­isip ko lang po frame by frame and good shots lang. Ki­nakausap ko po si Jomar (Juma­pao) para rin po ma-dis­tract ako and mabawasan yung kaba. Then ka­pag titira na po ako, ini­isip ko lang na “good shot lang,” Tabora re­called in an exclusive in­ter­view.

Her strat­egy did won­der as she blasted Malaysian Siti Safiyah Ami­rah Ab­dul Rah­man, 236 -191, in the onegame fi­nal to end the coun­try’s 14year wait.

For her, be­com­ing cham­pion was far­thest from her mind. All she wanted was to com­pete and rep­re­sent the coun­try.

“No. Ta­la­gang ine-en­joy ko lang po mag com­pete and i-rep­re­sent yung Philip­pines,” said Tabora.

Un­til now, Krizziah ad­mits that she is still hav­ing a hard time be­liev­ing that she is a world cham­pion. Tabora adds that re­al­ity may fi­nally sink in once she steps back on Philippine soil. She was due to ar­rive last night.

“So­brang lak­ing achieve­ment po ito for me! At hang­gang ngayon po hindi ko pa po na-a-ab­sorb na world cham­pion po ako. Maybe when I get home. Ang masasabi ko lang po, I will do my very best sa la­hat ng sasal­i­han ko pong tournaments,” said an elated Tabora.

Equally happy with Tabora’s tri­umph is PH na­tional bowl­ing coach Paeng Nepumo­ceno, the event’s win­ningest com­peti­tor with four ti­tles (1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996).

“Siyem­pre we are happy that Krizziah Tabora won the 2017 Bowl­ing World Cup. We have a new world cham­pion. Masayang masaya kami. Su­misikat ulit bowl­ing,” said Ne­po­mu­ceno.

“That’s why when I ac­cepted the head coach­ing job of the Philippine team, my main goal/ ob­jec­tive was to bring back the glory days of bowl­ing. We are slowly get­ting there,” said the 60-year-old bowl­ing icon.

Next up for Tabora and other Filipino bets is the World Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas which starts on Nov. 24 in Las Ve­gas.

Tabora ap­proaches that up­com­ing meet in pretty much the same way: “Same goal pa rin po, just en­joy rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try and play­ing the game. La­ban lang!”

Tabora will be joined by Liza Del Rosario, Liza Clu­tario, Bea Her­nan­dez, Lara Posadas and Alexis Sy.

Other hope­fuls are Ken­neth Chua, Kevin Cu, Jomar Juma­pao, JP Ma­cat­ula, Raoul Mi­randa and Mer­win Tan.

KRIZZIAH Tabora

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