KUALA LUMPUR: It was a fruitful day for Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman at the World Championships in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, who recently took second in the AMF World Cup in Mexico, not only secured Malaysia’s first silver medal in the women’s all-events since 1999, but also helped Malaysia qualify for the semi-finals of the team event.
Siti Safiyah posted a combined 24-game score of 5,048 (1,243 — singles, 1,212 — doubles, 1,274 — trios and 1,319 — team) pinfalls to take second spot, 78 pins behind gold medallist Danielle McEwan of the United States.
Taiwan's Tsai Hsin-Yi came in third with a 5,017 total.
Understandably, Siti Safiyah was delighted to win a second world meet medal after having earned the team bronze at the 2013 edition in Henderson.
Malaysia last won an all-events medal through Shalin Zulkifli, also a silver, at the 1999 Abu Dhabi edition.
"It feels good to win an individual medal. Achieving it in the all-events proves that you are one of the most consistent bowlers in the competition," said the former World Ranking Masters champion.
"I knew I had a chance to win a medal in the all-events, but to be honest, I was actually more focused on helping the team qualify for the semi-finals.
"I always place a priority on the team event as I want everyone to win a medal, hopefully we will go on to win the title."
In the team event, Malaysia comprising Siti Safiyah, Esther Cheah, Sin Li Jane, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi and Shalin finished second with a 6,167 total.
Singapore topped the event on a 6,325 total, followed by Colombia (6,167) and South Korea (6,140).
Malaysia faced Colombia in a late semi-final match today.
In the men’s event, Malaysia comprising Rafiq Ismail, Ahmad Muaz Fishol, Syafiq Ridhwan, Timmy Tan and Alex Liew settled for sixth with a combined 6,089 total.