SINGAPORE - Mohamed Ismail Hussain struck gold and retained his TPB3 title at the Asean Para Games (APG) on Tuesday (Sept 19) in Kuala Lumpur.
The 33-year-old Singaporean scored 1,303 pinfalls over six games to defend his crown for the second time in a row. He had won this event at the 2015 Singapore APG and 2011 Indonesia APG. The sport was not contested at the 2014 edition in Myanmar.
Malaysians Rizal Hassan (1,216) and Noresham Manaf (1,120) won the silver and the bronze respectively. The TPB1-3 class is reserved for visually-impaired athletes, where a higher number indicates a lower level of impairment.
Ismail has won three golds, one silver and one bronze at the APG since his debut in 2011. Last month, he won a gold at the IBSA (International Blind Sports Federation) Tenpin Bowling World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.
He said: "It was not easy to win gold in Malaysia with the crowd backing the home team. I was thinking positively like the crowd was supporting me.
"I expected a gold, but coming here, I had an open mind, we were going up against Malaysia, and Malaysia are the powerhouses. To be able to get a gold in their country was not an easy thing to do."
Entered in the mixed doubles and mixed trios events, he will be looking to add more medals at the Sunway Pyramid Bowling Alley over the next two days.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu was also present to support Singapore'sbowlers.
She said of the atmosphere: "It's electrifying - the fans are in full support of their teams. Our athletes are working very hard, training very hard and they're getting into the right mental frame.
"Every (form of) support is important to them, to show that we're fully behind them and we back them up. I think they would really appreciate the support from Singaporeans. I think they train very hard and they want to do their best and make Singapore proud of them.
"That's the most important thing - to show strong fighting spirit and true sportsmanship."