Daphne Tan, second from left, with the other medal winners.Games News
Date : 01 Jul 2013
Incheon, Korea: When two members of the powerful Korean women’s bowling team qualified for the last eight of the singles on Monday, the signs looked ominous for their rivals. And when the Korean pair both won their quarter-finals to move into the last four, the home fans at the Anyang Hogye Gymnasium must have been preparing to celebrate a gold and silver double.
But they hadn’t accounted for Singapore’s Daphne Tan Shi Jing, who remained as cool as a cucumber in the red-hot atmosphere to strike gold for the Lion City, beating China’s Chen Dongdong 182-167 in the final.
Korean interest had ended in the semi-finals, when Tan disposed of Son Yun Hee and Chen eliminated Hwang Yeon Ju, the leading qualifier from the morning sessions. “I just took it one step at a time and tried to focus on the match itself,” said Tan, who turns 23 this October.
“I thought I had a good chance coming into this event, although I knew the competition was going to be very tough. But Singapore is a really strong team, and Korea is also a strong team, so I think we all had a chance.”
Tan now hopes her individual gold medal can earn her selection for the Singapore team to compete in the WTBA World Championships in Las Vegas in August, alongside her older sister, Cherie Tan. Having first hit the lanes at the age of 10 on a family gathering, Tan found bowling fun from the outset. She said she had been playing competitively for 11 years and had been in the national team for the past six years.
Her training schedule includes two hours of bowling per day, increasing to three around competition time, and the national women’s squad has a pool of 15 players. Now, with this AIMAG gold medal in her collection, the business marketing graduate is hoping that her summer schedule includes Vegas as well as Incheon.
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