A slow start for Singapore
8th December, Bangkok: Singapore keglers got off to a nervy start in the 24th SEA Games Bowling Championship underway at SF Strike Bowl Ramkhamhaeng as Indonesia's Tanny Roumimper wins the first gold medal in the Women's Singles event. Singapore's best finisher was Cherie Tan, who totaled 1144 to take up ninth position just 6 pins ahead of Jasmine Yeong-Nathan tenth, Jazreel Tan 14th, Jennifer Tan 20th, Evelyn Chan 24th and Amanda Ng 31st position out of 36 women competitors.
The conditions at SF Strike Bowl must have been difficult as only 6 women managed to post above the 200 mark games at the start of the opening event. Whilst local favourite, Angkana Netvriseth set the pace with 229, it was another Indonesian, Happy Soediyono who trailed the Thai by 10 pins.
At the halfway mark, Indonesia's Tannya Roumimper took the lead only by a small margin of 5 pins ahead of Malaysia's Zatil Iman in second after a 3-game series of 645. With the local crowd firmly behind Angkana, the Thai grabbed the lead after the fifth game with only 5 pins from Tannya.
The Indonesian prevailed to end the opening event with 206 and 1244 total to win the first gold medal while the Thai could only knock down 191 to settled for a disappointing silver medal with 1234.
Malaysia's Shalin Zulkifli stromed home with 224 to take home the bronze medal followed by another strong finishing Thai, Saowapha Kunaksorn with 1185 to tie fourth spot with her teammare, Aree Gunnalada.
Singapore's best finisher was Cherie Tan, who totaled 1144 to take up ninth position just 6 pins ahead of Jasmine Yeong-Nathan tenth, Jazreel Tan 14th, Jennifer Tan 20th, Evelyn Chan 24th and Amanda Ng 31st position out of 36 women competitors.
Detailed scores: Women's Singles | Photo Album.
Photos courtesy of MTBC.