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13th Milo International Junior All-Stars Championships

Courtesy of StarSports: ASHREENA PILLAI and PHUAH EU JIN

KUALA LUMPUR: It was double joy for Malaysia at the 13th Milo International Junior All-Stars Championships at the Sunway Pyramid Mega Lanes yesterday with Mohd Rafiq Ismail and Sin Li Jane emerging triumphant.

Mohd Rafiq was the first into action. Having lost the title to Singapore’s Tay Hui Chiang in last year’s boys’ Open final, Mohd Rafiq was very determined not to let the title slip away again.

Playing with a strapped left bicep and blisters on his left thumb, lefthander Mohd Rafiq fought through the pain barrier to beat Singapore’s Danish Ramlan 235-231 to emerge as champion. It was a rewarding day as he took home RM25,000.

“I was more relaxed this time around. I was happy to reach the step-ladder finals again, but I didn’t want a repeat of last year’s final. I didn’t want to lose,” said Mohd Rafiq.

He has another chance to pick up a fat paycheque. He will be playing in today’s Masters finals, which offers a top prize of RM35,000, by virtue of being the defending champion.

“I’m going to try my best to forget the pain and try my best to make it two wins in a row,” said the 15-year-old who is member of the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress special squad. National coach Holloway Cheah counts Rafiq a success story in the MTBC special squad programme.

“Danish was good, but Rafiq was better today. He didn’t let the pressure get to him,” said Holloway.

“Hopefully, he makes the top six tomorrow (today) and if he does he has a very good chance of winning the Masters. My advice to him is simple – stay grounded,” added Holloway.

Boosted by Mohd Rafiq’s win, Li Jane went into the step-ladder finals full of confidence. She proved too strong for Singapore’s Joey Yap, scoring a 257-193 win to take home RM18,000.

“I’m very happy. The last time I won in 2008, it was also a Malaysian double with Adrian (Ang) winning the boys’ title. This time it’s Rafiq. It’s just great,” said Li Jane. “ I didn’t really feel any pressure at all. Experience has taught me not to let the pressure get to me. I told myself not get too excited. Bowling is really anyone’s game. I didn’t really pay much attention to Joey’s game and and just concentrated on my game,” added Li Jane, the 2010 and 2012 national champion.

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