Kuala Lumpur’s Muhammad Haziq Izamudin, was on cloud nine after winning the 34th Malaysian National Championship Milo Boys Graded Masters final, as it was his first taste of victory.
Haziq, who only turns 16 on June 19, has been bowling for three years, had come close to victories twice last year in the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) national bowling championship when he finished fourth in the doubles and runner-up in the team event.
“This is simply great. I have never tasted victory before and it is a great feeling to have won today,” said the elated SMK Alam Megah Form Four student.
Haziq (second from left) bowled 2090 pinfalls with an average of 209 to win the title. Sarawak’s Daniel Tan (left) finished second 22 pins behind Haziq, Muhammad Faizal (second from right besides MTBC secretary-general Sidney Tung) finished third with 1911.
Haziq besides the Milo hamper and trophy, also picked up cash voucher of RM1,000 for his effort.
Haziq said he picked up the sports from his father and was sent for supervised coach under the Sunway Mega Lanes development programme under Ricky Un.
Melaka’s rising talent, Jason Syow, too had come from the same programme and coach.
“It was a little frustrating last year in the MSSM when I failed to win a event,” said the well built Haziq who stands 1.79kg in a frame of 90kg.
“But I did not lose hope because I was still new to the sports and persisted to train hard. I am glad that it finally paid off today.
“This win is indeed a morale booster for me to train even harder and win more championships. I do not want to be one tournament wonder,” said Haziq who had lines of 192, 289, 201, 154, 146, 163, 277, 232, 222,and 214.
Asked what did he do differently yesterday to win the title, he simply replied: “I did not do anything different. I was highly motivated by the presence of my whole family – my parents and my three siblings.
In the Girls Graded, Selangor’s Nurain Fatin Abdul Rashid (second from left), emerged as another new talent in the sports.
Nurain edged Sarawak’s Nurafidza Amran (left) by a mere nine pins with her total of 1964. Another Sarawakian, Dayang Aida (second from right), finished third with her 1879.
While Nurain who won RM1,000 cash voucher besides the Milo hamper and trophy was elated, for Nurafidza it was a case of being so close yet so far.
Nuradidza had finished third in the Girls Doubles and All-events and runners-up in the team event in the interstate championship.
Sarawak, who certainly are an emerging force in the sports had failed to win a gold medal and had to settle for four silvers and three bronze in the Interstate.
Nurain, the national youth bowler, on the other hand, who did not compete in the Interstate, won the gold medal in her first attempt.
Last year, the Form Five student of SM Sek 27 Shah Alam, had won two gold medals (singles and team) in the MSSM championship and three gold medals (singles, doubles and masters) in the Sukan Selangor.
Nurain who will be turning 17 on March 15, is currently in training with the Selangor Sukma team and hopes to make the team.
Nurain certainly has the talent and if she keeps up her good work and keeps her feet firm on the ground, we will definitely be hearing more of her.