BAHRAIN star Yousef Falah narrowly missed out on a medal on the opening day yesterday of the ninth Arab Men’s and fifth Ladies’ Bowling Championship 2019 in Cairo.
Competing in the men’s singles as one of six Bahraini entrants, Falah finished fourth overall after the six-game competition and was just 36 pins away from claiming a place on the podium.
Falah compiled 1,346 pins for an average of 224.33 per game. His best outing was 246 pins in game three, while he twice had lows of 206 in games four and six.
His other scores were 224, 228 and 236.
Clinching the gold medal was hometown bowler Eslam Eid. He had a 1,399 total for a 233.17 average. Silver was claimed by Sayeed Ibrahim from the UAE who had a 1,391 total and 231.83 average while the bronze was bagged by another Egyptian Ayman Hashem who posted a 1,382 total and 230.33 average.
A total of 42 entrants competed in the men’s singles.
Ahmed Rahimi was the second-best ranked Bahraini in 13th. Rahimi had scores of 1,275 and 212.50, along with a high game of 206.
Osama Abdulrahman followed in 15th overall with a 1,267 total and a 211.17 per-game count, along with a 256 high game.
Ahmed Al Khaja was 18th overall to make it four national team players in the top 20. Al Khaja had a 1,247 total, 207.83 average and 238 high game.
Bahrain’s last two players were Ahmed Alqaod and Abdulla Abdulkarim, who were classified 21st and 30th, respectively.
Alqaod had 1,198 pins for a 199.67 average to go along with a 238 high game; while Abdulkarim had a 1,157 total, 192.83 average and a 220 high game.
The four-player women’s team includes former champion Nadia Al Awadhi, Noora Sultan, Reem Sultan and Layla Janahi.