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January 11, 2005

DEAFLYMPICS: Another bleak day for bowlers

From: New Straits Times, Malaysia - Jan 11, 2005

By Tony Mariadass in Melbourne

IT was another bleak day for the bowlers at the Sunshine AMF Bowling Centre when they failed to come within the medal zone in the men's trios event yesterday.

Malaysia's best came from the team of Zaidi Awang, Mohd Firdaus Mohamad and Chua Hock Seng, but they could only manage to finish 11th with their total of 3,556.

The event was won by the Taiwan trio of Chang Li-Hsiao, Chiu Ching-Ling and Cheng Chung-Chin with their grand total of 3,839, with Sweden's trio of Ulf Andersson, Anders Nordell and Kent Johansson picking up the silver with their total of 3,704.

The bronze was won by Italy's team of Lorenzo Salamone, Paolo Monterosso and Stefano Quaranta, who had a total of 3,556.

Malaysia's other team of Chin Nyuk Hing, Wong Chiew Hoong and Yeoh Yew Chian had a total of 3,026 to finish 32nd out of a total of 39 teams.

The only bright spark for the Malaysian bowlers yesterday was Zaidi, who placed third in the All-Events.

Zaidi, who had lines of 183, 222, 208, 209, 225 and 225 for a total of 1,272, had a grand total of 3,654 for three events - singles, doubles and the trios.

Taiwan's Chang is the current leader in the All-Events with his total of 3,958, who should have no problems bagging the gold when the team event ends on Thursday.

Holland's Martin Visser is second placed with his total of 3,712.

Zaidi is also in line to make the Masters, where the top 16 bowlers in the All-Events qualify.

Malaysia's next highest placed bowler is youngster Mohd Firdaus Mohamad, who is placed 41st out of a total of 111 bowlers in the All-Events.

The bowlers take a break today before they compete in the team event tomorrow.

Today, only the badminton players will be in action as they complete their round-robin Group matches and compete in two-round knockout stages for a place in the quarter-finals.

Thomas Teh Cheang Hock and Koh Fook Song are expected to lead the challenge to book a quarter-finals berth, while Yeo Kok Fang and Wu Wai Loon are expected to put up a strong challenge to join the duo.

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