Trio deliver Malaysia’s first gold in Asian Games

(From left) Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman and Esther Cheah Mei Lan showing their gold in bowling at the Asian Games today. (Bernama pic)

PALEMBANG: The women’s bowling team delivered Malaysia’s first gold medal in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games today.

Esther Cheah, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman and Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi ended a 24-year drought for the gold in Asia’s biggest multi-sports meet after downing 4,326 pins at the Jakabaring Bowling Centre here.

Compatriots Sin Li Jane, Natasha Mohamed Roslan and Shalin Zulkifli had to settle for fourth place after recording 4,144 pinfalls.

The silver and bronze were won by Pan Yu Fen, Chou Chia Chen and Tsai Hsin Yi (4,255 pins) of Chinese Taipei and Yeo Ruo Qi Joey, Tan Daphne Shi Jing, Lim Bernice Hui Ying (4,250 pins) from Singapore.

Earlier, in the first block in the morning, Esther, Siti and Syaidatul came out tops with 2,184 pinfalls followed by Sin, Natasha and Shalin in second place (2,151 pins).

The last time Malaysia won gold in the event was at the 1994 edition in Hiroshima while in 2002 in Busan and 2006 in Doha, the girls won silver.