BAHRAIN enjoyed a clean sweep of the medals in the 17th Saudi Bowling Federation (SBF) Men’s Bowling Championship, which came to a close Saturday night at Algosaibi Sports Centre in Alkhobar.
Yousef Falah lived up to his “Golden Boy” nickname by winning the singles event gold medal in the event, ahead of fellow-Bahrainis Ahmed Fareed and Ahmed Al Awadhi, who claimed the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
All three bowlers featured in a hotly contested step-ladder final round, which also included Sari Dawood Algazari of Saudi Arabia and Abdulla Abdulkarim of Bahrain.
Falah was the top seed, followed by Fareed and Al Awadhi, while Abdulkarim and Algazari were fourth and fifth, respectively, and were the first to face off in the opening game.
Algazari won that head-to-head 190-180, setting up the next step-ladder match-up against Al Awadhi, who triumphed 233-205. In the next battle, Fareed narrowly overcame Al Awadhi 258-244 to book his berth in the final step-ladder game against a waiting Falah.
Falah secured his title by defeating Fareed 259-234.
Earlier in the semi-finals, Falah was able to secure the number one seed after playing a 248.88 average from a 1,991 total in the eight games of that stage.
Fareed followed with a 237.00 average and 1,896 total while Al Awadhi had marks of 233.25 and 1,866. Abdulkarim (230.38, 1,843) and Algazari (226.5, 1,812) from Saudi Arabia were the other finalists.
Three other Bahrainis made it into the semi-finals, which featured a total of 18 bowlers. They were Ahmed Khaled who narrowly missed out on the final after placing sixth, Fawaz Abdulla who was ninth and Ahmed Al Khaja who ranked 16th.
Meanwhile, seven others from Bahrain finished in the top 48, including Ahmed Al Qaoud, Osama Hassan, Ahmed Rahimi, Issa Yousef, Siddiq Siddiq, Ali Al Qaseer and Ali Almasee.
A total of 144 bowlers representing 14 different countries took part in the championship, which was organised by the SBF.