Krizziah Tabora acknowledged that she still can’t believe she won the bowling World Cup title.
“Hindi pa po masyado,” she said in an interview with TJ Manotoc on “The Score” Thursday night. “Nagsi-sink in pa lang po kapag may interviews. Pero ’pag wala po parang, ‘huh?’ ”
The 27-year-old defeated Malaysia's Siti Safiyah in the finals, 236-191, to end a 14-year drought for the Philippines at the World Cup.
Even during the final match, Tabora said she didn’t realize she was already winning because she was just that focused.
“Usually ’pag finals po hindi ako tumitingin (sa scores),” she said. “(Then) lumapit lang po iyong Malaysian . . . and niyakap na lang po niya ako at sinabi niya na: ‘Krizziah, I’m so proud of you and congratulations.’ So parang natulala ako.
“Ang mindset ko po kasi that day is per shot lang po talaga, more on to get good shots.”
Tabora is the fifth Filipino to win the World Cup, giving the country its eighth World Cup title.
Paeng Nepomuceno won a record 4 trophies (1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996), while Bong Coo topped the 1979 tournament.
Lita del Rosario bagged the 1978 championship, while CJ Suarez (2003) is the only other Filipino bowler other than Nepomuceno to win the men's title.
Tabora said she started playing bowling as a young kid when her father brought her along to games.
“Bowler po ang dad ko. Kami ng kuya ko nasama po kami sa bowling centers. As a parent gusto niyang nagbo-bowling din sa mga anak. Pinaturuan niya iyong brother ko, pero ako nagpupumilit sumali. Pinapagulong ko iyong ball sa floor,” she recounted.
“Nakulitan ang dad ko so pinaglaro niya ko ng one game, e nag-score po ako ng 236 kaya sabi niya, ‘Patuturuan na kita.’ ”
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Now that she has already crowned herself a champion, Tobora knows that it’s going to be tougher for her in future competitions.
“Nakakadagdag po ng pressure kasi may expectation na ang mga tao na magaganda na ang mga susunod na laro ko,” said Tabora. “Pero siyempre, laban pa rin.”
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