1st December, Hong Kong: Third-seed, Muhd Rafiq Ismail won Malaysia's first-ever individual gold medal at the 2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships with victory over third-seed, Dan MacLelland of Canada, 217-204 in the Singles final.
Ismail had narrowly defeated second-seed, Kyle Troup of Team USA, 171-170 in the semi-final match to advance to the championship match. Defending champion, MacLelland breezed past topseed and another American, Andrew Anderson, 256-170 in the first semi-final match to face the Malaysian in the final.
The Canadian had a cracking start in the final with four strikes-in-a-row to open up a gap of 19 pins as Ismail delivered four perfect pocket shots only for a strike in the first frame followed by two 9-pin spares and a second strike in the fourth frame.
But Ismail struck twice in the fifth and sixth frame putting pressure on the Canadian, who failed to spare a single pin 10 in the fifth frame. Just one seprated the title contenders when MacLelland spared hi sixth frame.