Friday, November 12, 2010

Sharon wants to collect more Asian Games bowling medals

BOWLER Sharon Koh was a greenhorn when she made her Asian Games debut in Doha in 2006.
This time, with four years of experience behind her, the 23-year-old hopes to make a bigger impact in Guangzhou.
The southpaw said that she not only hoped to help Malaysia retain the team title but also wanted to win her first individual title.
"I have been with the national team for four years now and the time has come for me to start winning individual titles in the Games," said Sharon yesterday.
"It will be tough but it will not stop me from trying to spring surprises in Guangzhou.
Arrival: Sharon Koh (left) and the rest of the Malaysian bowling squad checking into the Games Village in Guangzhou.
"I have been training hard and I managed to get the right ball with the help of American ball consultant Rick (Benoit)."
Sharon formed the winning team at the last Games with Esther Cheah, Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi, Wendy Chia, Choy Poh Lai and Shalin Zulkifli.
She added that she was looking forward to testing the lane conditions this weekend.
"I hope I can adapt quickly to make a strong impact in the Games," said Sharon, who won the Macau Open title in July.
The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) have set a one-gold target but Sharon feels that the women's team, led by seasoned campaigner Shalin, are good enough to win more than two gold medals.
At the last Games, Malaysia won three gold medals.
Besides the success of the women's team, Esther bagged the women's Masters title while Beng Heng, Daniel Lim and Aaron Kong won the men's trios gold medal.
Besides Sharon, Shalin, Esther and Zandra, the other members of the women's team for the challenges in Guangzhou are Games rookies Sin Li Jane and Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani.
The men's team comprise Aaron, Adrian Ang, Alex Liew, Muhd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Zulmazran Zulkifli and Muhd Nur Aiman Khairuddin.
Twelve gold medals are at stake in the bowling competition.

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