Narrow Win

A Glimpse Into The Excitement Of The SEA Games Bowling Competition

Photo by Getty Images for Singapore Sports Council
By Cheong Wei Ming in Jakarta

There was much excitement at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta today (Nov 15) as Singapore’s Cherie Tan narrowly won the SEA Games women’s singles title while team mate Jazreel Tan clinched the bronze.

Close Scores

Cherie scored a total of 1,286 pinfalls to just edge out Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane (1,284) and Jazreel (1,283). Reflecting Team Singapore’s depth, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan (4th with 1242), Shayna Ng (5th with 1216) and New Hui Fen (6th with 1212) were just right behind.

Tense Atmosphere

The atmosphere was tense throughout the competition. Everything came down to the final frame of the sixth game. It was only then that the Top Three positions could be determined. For Singapore, it was a matter of “winning some and losing some”. Jazreel missed out on a joint-silver by just one pinfall while Cherie’s last frame of nine pinfalls narrowly secured the gold medal for her team.

Brilliant Finish

Jessie Phua, President of Singapore Bowling Association, said jokingly, “I’m glad my heart is still beating. We all held our breath for Cherie’s last ball. Thankfully she delivered.” She added, “This is the kind of excitement that makes sports interesting. I want to kick her for her heart-stopping moment, but also hug her for her brilliant finish.”

Gold For Cherie, Gold For Singapore

On her part, Cherie recalled, “I wasn’t aware that I was in the lead. I just tried to keep my focus and didn’t look at the scores.” She only knew she had won when she turned around and saw everyone cheering. Coach Remy Ong said this triumph will be a big boost for the young bowler. Pointing to the entire team who were celebrating her win, he said, “It’s not just Cherie who won the gold. It was Team Singapore that won the gold.”

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