14th December, K.Lumpur: Singles gold medalist, Cherie Tan partnered newly-crowned national champion, Geraldine Ng to win Singapore's second gold medal of the 14th Asean University Games Bowling Competition in the Women's Doubles event.
Malaysia's second pair of Aressa Malenie and Nur Hanisa Salam set the pace with a superb 441 opening game to lead Singles gold medalist, Cherie Tan and Geraldine Ng by 54 pins and Malaysia's first pair of Zatil Iman and Nur Syakira Yeoh.
The Malaysian pair continued to post 393, 363 and 399 to continue to lead the Singaporeans after the fourth game. But a poor 356 saw the pair dropping off to third as the first pair of Zatil and Nur Syakira surged into the lead.
The gold medal appeared to be in the hands of the Malaysian when they finsihed with a superb 402 but it was Cherie and Geraldine who fired 224 and 245 respectively for an amazing score of 469 in their final game to claim the gold with 2446.
"Geraldine and I supported each other well throughout the six games and our teammates were cheering behind all the way help to boost our confidence," said Cherie, who won SIngapore Open title this year.
"I'm happy that we won the Doubles gold," said the 20-year-old Geraldine, a first year Marketing and Management student at SIM university Singapore, who was crowned Singapore national champion last month.
Zatil and Nur Syakira settled for the silver with 2390, 56 pins adrift while the third Malaysian pair of Siti Nur Syakila and Ziran Nadiah Ghazali overpowered the second Malaysian pair for the bronze medal. Kristel Oh-Lesley Low and Nicole Wong-Glenda Quek finished sixth and seventh positions.
Meanwhile, Thailand's Sithiphol Kunaksorn-Somjed Kusonpithak and Badin Lerdpiriyasakulit-Annop Arromsaranon almost dominated the Men's Doubles scoring 2422 and 2343 to win the gold and bronze medals.
Malaysia's Sufri Hassan and Tan Teck Jin settled for the silver medal with 2372. Singapore's other doubles pairs of Tze Keong Toh-Jamie Liew, Kean Jeong Fok-Lionel Lim and Victor Tan-Kenneth Teo took fifth, sixth and eighth positions.