Third for Singapore in first block

3rd July, Singapore: Singapore girls managed a creditable third place finish in the Girl's Team first block on Day 3 of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 at Orchid Bowl Friday evening behind leader Korea and Japan.  Despite a mediocre start in the opening game, Darshini Krishna shot 257 to carry her team-mates, Anthea Soh, Ilima Nur Jannah and two gold medalist, New Hui Fen to lead the field of nine teams just 3 pins ahead of Japan.

Suffering the same faith as the boys earlier, the team managed a lowly 727 to drop down to fourth as Korea's Oh Nu-Ri, Yoo Ka-Hee, Hong Hae-In and Sim Ui-Jin surged into the lead with 816 in the second game, 18 pins ahead of Japan in second.

Another superb 826 gave the Korean team the lead at the end of the first block with a total of 2437. Japan's Yuka Oshima, Mikie Hamamoto, Shinobu Saito and Misaki Mukotani took second spot with a total of 2425, 12 pins adrift the Koreans.

  Singapore redeemed some pride to recover with 762 and claimed third spot with 2304, 133 pins off the leader and 112 behind Japan. Indonesia, who was third before the final game, ended up in fourth with 2275.

Despite only knocking down 571 series, New Hui Fen continued to lead the All Events standings with 3330 after 15 games played. Korea's Yoo Ka-Hee posted the highest 3-game series of 658 whle Mukotani's 642 put her second behind Hui Fen in the All Events table.

The girls will resume their second block of 3 games tomorrow morning while the boys will take to the lanes in the afternoon. The top 16 girls and top 18 boys (maximum of two from each NOC) will qualify for the Masters finals.

   Photos by Terence Yaw for SBF.