Siti Zalina-Emma Firyana miss out on Commonwealth bronze medal

Siti Zalina Ahmad (left) and Emma Firyana Saroji. (File pix)
07/08/2022 02:12 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- Luck was not on national lawn bowling pair Siti Zalina Ahmad and Emma Firyana Saroji’s side as they not only failed to defend their gold medal, but also lost out on securing the bronze in the women’s pairs event at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games here today.

The pair lost to New Zealanders Selina Goddard-Katelyn Inch 15-20 that stretched to 18 ends in the third-placed decider at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa. The gold meanwhile was won by Australians Kristina Krstic-Ellen Ryan, who beat host pair Sophie Tolchard-Amy Pharaoh 19-18. 

Siti Zalina-Emma Firyana had won the gold in the 2018 edition in Gold Coast, Australia.

Emma Firyana said although they were disappointed with their result, they were satisfied with their game strategy here.

“All things considered, our game here was better compared to Gold Coast. We have given our best but maybe we were unlucky,” she said.

They would now focus on the 2023 World Bowls Championship in Gold Coast, she added.

Meanwhile, the national lawn bowls squad ended their challenge in Birmingham 2022 today without any medals after Fairul Izwan Abd Muin could only finish fourth in the men's singles event.

The 39-year-old fell 11-21 to Scotsman Iain McLean in the third-placing match.

Australia's Aaron Wilson won the gold medal after defeating Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly 21-3 in the final.

In the Birmingham 2022 edition, the national lawn bowls team only managed to bag one silver in women's triples (Nur Ain Nabilah Tarmizi-Syafiqa Haidar Afif Abdul Rahman-Azlina Arshad) and one bronze in women's singles (Siti Zalina Ahmad).