Asean Para Games: Anuar Saaid wins gold with final throw

Clockwise from left: Singapore's Anuar Saaid being hugged by his daughter Khairiah Anuar, 25, who was at the Temasek Club to support him. Singapore's Mohamad Ismail Hussain retained his TPB3 crown. Mohamad Rausyan, a Para Games debutant, won the TPB4
Singapore's Anuar Saaid being hugged by his daughter Khairiah Anuar, 25, who was at the Temasek Club to support him.ST PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO
Clockwise from left: Singapore's Anuar Saaid being hugged by his daughter Khairiah Anuar, 25, who was at the Temasek Club to support him. Singapore's Mohamad Ismail Hussain retained his TPB3 crown. Mohamad Rausyan, a Para Games debutant, won the TPB4
Singapore's Mohamad Ismail Hussain retained his TPB3 crown.
Mohamad Rausyan, a Para Games debutant, won the TPB4 title.
Mohamad Rausyan, a Para Games debutant, won the TPB4 title.

He totals 838 pinfalls to beat Filipino Francisco Ramirez Ednaco by mere 2 pinfalls

It was the final frame of the sixth and final game. Anuar Saaid needed just eight pinfalls to seal the Asean Para Games (APG) gold medal.

Sitting in his wheelchair, the Singaporean, a right-leg amputee, stared at what was ahead of him as he visualised knocking the pins over in his head.

The ball left his hand, before curving in the middle of the lane.

Bang! Nine pins fell, and so did the gold - into Anuar's hands.

He totalled 838 pinfalls to pip Franciso Ramirez Ednaco of the Philippines by a mere two pinfalls.

CLOSE CALL

I didn't know it was such a close game and my coach also didn't tell me.

ANUAR SAAID, Team Singapore bowler

The medal was an early birthday present to himself as he turns 54 on Dec 12.

Said Anuar, whose previous best result at the APG was a bronze in the TPB8 category, for those with spinal cord injuries, in 2011: "I didn't know it was such a close game and my coach also didn't tell me.

"My coach just told me to try my best and that I could do it and just kept encouraging me, telling me to relax and enjoy my game and I wasn't thinking about the results.

"This medal is not only for me, but for my team, for Singaporeans, for my supporters, family, team manager, president and all my friends, who came to support me."

Anuar's was one of three golds hosts Singapore won yesterday at Temasek Club.

The other four golds on offer went to Malaysia.

Mohamed Ismail Hussain, 32, retained his mixed singles TPB3 title for the visually impaired, from four years ago in Solo, Indonesia when the sport last featured.

But a newcomer to the rostrum was Mohamad Rausyan, 21. He topped his category, TPB4 for the intellectually disabled, with a 1,092-pinfall effort, 13 ahead of compatriot Eric Foo, who was second.

And while Singapore's Muhammad Farhan Ismail and Nixon Fan were third and fourth respectively, they were not awarded medals as Games rules stipulate that a country can win a maximum of only two medals in any event.

The bronze thus went to Ye Phone Maung of Myanmar (730).

Said Rausyan: "I enjoyed bowling today and I am happy to win gold."

Rausyan's mother, Sumpina Taib, 49, said: "I'm very happy and proud of him to see that all his hard work and sacrifice has paid off. I hope that his win can create an awareness of what disabled children or people with disability can do."

And while this APG may be the 21-year-old's debut in bowling, team manager Darren Khemlani said: "This win did not come as a surprise because the four of them have been training very hard for this competition, so they have all put in their best effort and have all done their part, so as a team manager, I am very happy for all of them."

As for Ismail, the gold medal came as a surprise to him even though he was the defending champion. "Normally, I flop in my singles and I don't do well," he said.

"I usually do well in my doubles, so to win today (in the singles) is a boost for me.

"But what was sweeter was the fact that it was a back-to-back gold for me since my last Games outing."

He will attempt to deliver again in the mixed doubles today with Thomas Yong Phen Chong.

However, his main priority will be to focus on the process.

"Hopefully, we (Thomas and I) can do something together... but my main goal is to keep on doing all of my processes and apply whatever I have learnt and not think so much," he explained.

Singapore also bagged one silver and one bronze.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2015, with the headline 'ANUAR WINS GOLD WITH FINAL THROW'. Print Edition | Subscribe