The Philippines’ has a new Bowling World Cup champion!
Krizziah Lyn Tabora beat Malaysia’s Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, 232-196, in the stepladder finals as she was crowned the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup (BWC) Champion in the women’s division in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Tabora’s ends a 14 year title drought for the country in this prestigious bowling extravaganza. She is the 5th Filipino to win a BWC title after Christian Suarez in 2003 and the 3rd Filipina after Lita dela Rosa in 1978 and Olivia “Bong Coo” Garcia in 1979.
Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno still holds the record of a Filipino with the most titles in the BWC, as he won in 1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996.
Tabora, ranked 28th in Asia (2016), bested the Malaysian to clinch her first international singles championship.
She entered the qualification round ranked 8th, but rose to 3rd place to advance to the semi-final round with a total of 6,897 pinfalls after 40 games.
Tabora defeated Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo, 249-222, while Siti pulled off an upset win over the BWC’s defending champion Jenny Wegner of Sweden, 227-197. This set up the finals between the 3rd and 4th seed of the competition.