A splendid silver for Singapore
7th September, Hong Kong: New Hui-Fen, Amanda Ng and Daphne Tan of Singapore took home a splendid silver medal at the 22nd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships to edge Korea’s second trio but was robbed of the gold by the first Korean trio. Hui-Fen, Ng and Tan had finished the first block yesterday in fifth position behind overall leader, Baek Seung-Ja, Lee Su-Jeung and Gye Min-Young of Korea. But the Singaporean trio overturned a 45-pin deficit to take the first squad by edging the Koreans by 1 pin with 3727.
The other trio of Kim Moon-Jeong, Jeon Eun-Hee and Jung Da-Wun, who was in 12th position in the first block, hauled themselves up into a medal contention position but was still 706 pins adrift.
The Koreans were on fire in their final game with Kim rolling 215 and Jeon 257 and anchorwomen, Jung had to double up in her final frame to snatch the gold from Singapore.
Had Jung failed to strike in the tenth frame, they would have ended behind their compatriots to settle for the bronze.
Jung duly complied by striking out to end the game with 722 to deny Singapore its first gold with a total of 3743, 16 pins more than the 3727 benchmark set Hui-Fen, Ng and Tan.
Singapore’s second trio of Cherie Tan, Shayna Ng and Jazreel Tan had a shot at the medal before the final game, faded off with a lowly 593 to slip to fifth position with 3666, 34 pins behind Malaysia, who missed the podium by 26 pins in fourth spot.
Daphne Tan posted the highest 6-games series of 1359 in the Singapore team moving her up into second spot in the All Events standings with 3864, 42 pins behind Singles gold medalist, Sin Li Jane remaining in the lead.
Five of the six women are in the top 16 of the table and with the 5-player Team event left before the Masters finals, Singapore are strong contender for the gold against the strong Koreans and the fancied Malaysians.
Meanwhile, Korean men swept the Trios gold and silver medals with a one-two finish. Hong Hae-Sol, Cho Young-Seon and Lim Dong-Sung took the gold with 4025 with Lee Ik-Kyu, Choun Jae-Woo and Choi Yong-Kyu the silver with 3884.
Japan clinched the bronze medal with 3823 from host nation, Hong Kong in fourth with 3817 while both the Malaysian trios ended in sixth and seventh positions behind a second Japanese trio in fifth.
Singapore men were less impressive after Singles gold medalist, Keith Saw, Basil Low and Remy Ong managed only to finish 21st position, one spot ahead of Ng Chiew Pang, Joel Tan and Ng Tiac Pin.
None of them are amongst the top 16. Basil is best performer in 38th position and slightly less than 100 pins behind 16th-placed Choun Jae-Woo.
Detailed scores: Women’s Trios Block 2 Combined | Men’s Trios Block 2 Combined | Photo Album.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.