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29th SEA Games Tenpin Bowling Championships
August 19 - 31, 2017  Sunway Megalanes, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Indonesia wins second silver

25th August, Kuala Lumpur: Doubles gold medallist and top seed, Tannya Roumimper won Indonesia's second silver medal at the concluding 29th SEA Games Tenpin Bowling Championships after finishing second in the Women's Masters event on Friday.

Roumimper, who was fourth in the earlier first block Masters preliminaries, topped the second block to advance to the stepladder finals as top seed. In a thrilling title match against Malaysian veteran national bowler, Shalin Zulkifli, Roumimper had two opportunity to take the gold.

The 26-year-old Indonesian had finished the match with 225 but the Malaysian struck twice in the tenth and eleventh frame and knocked down nine pins to tie the match forcing a ninth and tenth frame roll-off to break the tie.

Roumimper managed only 37 pins while Shalin struck three times and a nine pin count to win the tie-breaker with 59 taking the match to a second decider. Roumimper started off better with a strike and a spare in her first two frames before reeling in five consecutive strikes to take a 21-pin lead.

Her opponent struck twice after Roumimper has an opened frame in the eighth. Roumimper ended the match with 222 and Shalin spared her tenth frame and then a nine pin count to win the match to take the gold medal with 223.

The champion earned the right to challenge the Indonesian after she dispatched third-seed, Shayna Ng of Singapore 224-199 in the semi-final match.

Tannya Roumimper with Indonesia's second silver medal

Shalin trailed Singapore's Jazreel Tan by 20 pins in the first block of eight games in the morning and finished second to Roumimper in the second block to advance to the stepladder finals. Ng finished third while first block leader, Tan missed the cut by 18 pins to finish fourth.

Meanwhile, national sensation Rafiq Ismail lived up to his reputation by capturing his third gold medal of the games after he ousted Thailand's Yannaphon Larpapharat, 213-190 in just one match. The Thai had beaten third-seed, Alex Liew of Malaysia, 246-209 in the semi-finals to prevent an all-Malaysian final.

Rafiq had started his campaign winning his first gold medal in the Singles event on the opening day. His second gold came in the Mixed Doubles event partnering Sin Li Jane. Yannaphon added a second silver medal to the first he won in the Trios event two days ago.

Liew, who won the Doubles gold medal with Syafiq Ridhwan added the bronze medal to his collection. Yannaphon had topped the first block of the earlier Masters preliminaries but Rafiq, who was third, leapfrog into top spot in the second block to advance to the stepladder finals as top seed.

Yannaphon settled for second while Liew finished third. A third Malaysian, Ahmad Muaz missed the cut by 8 pins to finish in fourth position. Indonesia had all six men in the Masters finals but none made the cut for the stepladder finals.

Masters champions, Rafiq Ismail and Shalin Zulkifli

Team silver and Doubles bronze medallist, Hardy Rachmadian was the best Indonesian men finishing sixth. Ryan Lalisang, Diwan Rezaldy, Billy Muhammad Islam and Hengki Suasanto finished 11th to 14th positions respectively.

Malaysia equalled their best-ever feat of seven gold medals in bowling achieved in Brunei in 1999 and Penang in 2001 with a medal haul of 7-4-3. Singapore came in second with 2-3-2, Indonesia third with 1-2-3 and Thailand 1-2-2. The next SEA Games will be held in Manila in 2019.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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