ASIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS: Faten Najihah-Victoria win doubles title while Jonathan-Wan Nadzmi Fikri are runners-up
FATEN Najihah Ahmad Faik overcame her disappointment in the girls' singles on the opening day of the Asian Youth Championships by clinching the doubles title with Victoria Chin in Hong Kong yesterday.
It was Malaysia's first title in the event since Tan Jong Six-Mak Choong Yee's feat 12 years ago in Dubai.
Malaysia also took silver in the boys' doubles through Jonathan Ding Sagan and Wan Nadzmi Fikri Mohd Faisal.
Faten Najihah, who fell short of three pins for a podium finish in the singles on Tuesday, turned in a superb performance with Victoria by posting combined lines of 406, 473, 422, 431, 448, 464 for a 2,644 total.
The 16-year-old national youth bowler recorded a score of 1,333 compared to Victoria's 1,311.
"I am very happy with this win. It is my first major title after three years in the youth team.
"I was disappointed in the singles but I compensated it with a gold today (yesterday)," said Faten Najihah in Hong Kong yesterday.
"I had won gold in the Asian Schools three years ago but this title is definitely more meaningful.
"I dedicate this medal to my family and friends for their support."
Victoria, 18, attributed her title to national coach Holloway Cheah.
"He taught me the finer points of the game when I was under the Malaysia Tenpin Bowling Congress special squad.
"But for today's success, we must thank assistant coaches Foong Tat Meng and Steven Teng for guiding us throughout the event.
"We hope to continue our performance in today's team event," said Victoria, who was promoted to the back-up squad earlier this year.
South Korea's Kim Hee Bin-Ji Eun Sol finished second on 2,496 followed by Singapore's Joey Yeo Ruqqi-Ilma Nur Jannah with 2,499.
Malaysia's second pairing of Nerosha Keligit-Nora Lyana Nastasia Norakmal were placed 14th after posting a 2,271 total.
In the boys' doubles, Indonesia's Billy Muhammad Islam-Diwan Rezaldy Syahril upstaged Jonathan-Wan Nadzmi Fikri by 36 pins to win the title.
Billy-Diwan amassed a combined 2,712 total followed by Jonathan-Wan Nadzmi Fikri (2,676) and Indonesia's Imam Wiguna-Adhiguna Widiantoro (2,547).
Malaysia's Chong Jun Foo-Ahmad Muaz Mohd Fishol finished 15th with a 2,408 total.