Thursday April 12, 2012
Emma lands Malaysia’s second gold in lawn bowls
PETALING JAYA: Emma Firyana Saroji stole the limelight on the last day of the 9th Asian Lawn Bowls championships when she fought back to edge Rosita Bradborn of the Philippines 21-19 in the women’s singles final at the National Lawn Bowls Centre in Bukit Kiara.
Emma, making her debut, bounced back to pick up 12 consecutive points in the last six ends to clinch Malaysia’s second gold of the championships. On Sunday, Emma partnered Maisarah Aminludin to win the women’s pairs gold medal.
“I had targeted to win both events and that has happened,” said a delighted Emma.
“But it didn’t come easy, especially in the contest for the singles title. Despite trailing 9-19, the coach (Dr Simon Botha) told me to remain calm and stay focused.
“That is exactly what I did, and everything happened for me,” said Emma, a former Asian Under-25 champion.
A second gold on the final day eluded Malaysia when the women’s fours team of Maisarah, Azilna Arshad, Zuraini Khalid and Auni Fatiah Kamis lost in the final to Hong Kong’s Joanna Nam, Alice Lee, Jessie So and Tammy Tham 7-16.
The Malaysian men bowlers ended the tournament without qualifying for a single final in four events.
At the last championships in China in 2009, the men bagged gold medals in all four events – singles, pairs, triples and fours.
This year, they only managed one silver and three bronze medals.
Malaysia lost the men’s overall champion trophy to the Philippines, who won two gold and a silver.
Only the women’s overall champion trophy was retained, with Malaysia winning the singles and pairs and a silver medal in the fours.