Second gold medal for Singapore

2nd July, Singapore: Singapore won their second gold medal of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 when New Hui Fen partnered Darshini Krishna to a runaway victory in the Girl's Doubles event Thursday afternoon.  Fresh from winning the nation's first gold medal in the Singles event on Wednesday, New Hui Fen partnered Darshini Krishna to race away with a sizzling 524 team total in the opening game to lead the Japanese pair of Yuka Oshima and Misaki Mukotani by 35 pins.

The Singapore pair stretched their lead to 111 pins at the halfway mark after knocking down 444 and 419 in the second and third games. Apart from a slight glitch in a 387 fourth game, the duo bounched back with 439 and 467 to romp home a comfortable winner.

Hui Fen amassed a six-game series of 1400 while her partner, Darshini posted 1280 to win Singapore's second gold medal with 2680.

  "We didn't feel any pressure going into today's event and we were just focusing on giving our best," remarked the two gold medalist, New Hui Fen when asked if she felt more pressure after winning the first gold yesterday."Hui Fen covered me in the third game when I managed only 185 but I return the favour in the fourth game when she bowled only 172," said the shy Darshini, who first tasted success winning the Asian Intercity Championship team gold in 2008.

Thailand sprang a surprise and upstaged favourites, Korea to clinch the silver medal. 14-year-old Horwong School student, Yanee Saebe downed 1158 and 15-year-old Tanaprang Sathean posted the highest 6-game series of 1421 for a team total of 2579.

Korea's Sim Ui-Jin and Singles bronze medalist, Oh Nu-Ri settled for the bronze medal with 2504. Indonesia's Priyanka and Rinnie Prominintia missed the podium with a fourth-place finish on 2450 total.


The other pair of Anthea Soh and Ilma Nur Jannah put up a creditable performance to take up sixth spot with a total of 2359 behind Japan in fourth with 2448.


Photos by Terence Yaw for SBF.