Thursday, November 18, 2010

16th Asian Games 2010: Blazing Adrian, Alex clinch Malaysia's third gold

GUANGZHOU: The combination of Adrian Ang and Alex Liew set the Tianhe Bowling Hall ablaze as they clinched Malaysia's third gold medal of the Asian Games here Wednesday.

In the men's double competition, the Malaysian duo accumulated 2,711 pinfalls, 20 pins ahead of their nearest contender, Shogo Wada-Tomokatsu Yamashita of Japan and Jason Yeung Nathan-Remy Ong of Singapore.

The Japanese and the Singaporean duo shared the silver medal with identical scores of 2,691 pinfalls.

"It was an emotional and meaningful day for me. I felt nervous throughout the whole competition and I dare not watch the others playing in the afternoon roll off.

"After so many times representing Malaysia, this is my first gold medal in the Asian Games," said Alex, a senior member of the squad who first represented Malaysia at the Bangkok Asian Games in 1998.

"It was hard to describe my feelings right now. I have to thank Adrian for his strong performance today," added the 34-year-old Alex.

As for Adrian, 22, who was making his debut in the Asian Games, the feat was the happiest moment for him.

"I am the happiest person right now. Winning the gold medal gives me a great feeling to do my best in the remaining competition here. I am aware of the strong challenge from the neighbouring country, Singapore and that is why I and Alex dare not see their performance.

"The situation was really tense until they announced that Alex and me won the gold medal," said Adrian.

The other Malaysian competitors, Zulmazran Zulkifli-Aaron Kong and Muhammad Nur Aiman Khairuddin-Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, could not match Alex-Adrian strong performance.

Zulmazran and Aaron settled in 23rd position with 2,467 pinfalls, while Muhamad Nur Aiman and Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan finished in 31st spot with 2,420 pinfalls.

Alex and Adrian's golden performance was Malaysia's first achievement in Asian Games as Malaysia have not won a gold in the men's double since 1978.

Malaysian men bowlers had clinched their first gold medal in the team event in 1978, which saw current national coach Holloway Cheah among the team members.

In the previous Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, the Malaysian men bowlers bagged the gold in the trios event through Daniel Lim, Beng Heng and Aaron Kong.

The bowling competition continues with the women's doubles Thursday.

*Taken from NST Online

****To get Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games' Medal Tally, click here.

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