Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Asian Youth Games - Singapore gets 1st gold

Singapore gets 1st gold
From The Straits Times, July 1, 2009, Wednesday
By Terrence Voon

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The beauty of AYG has emerged and is worth gold.

Bowler gives Singapore its first gold
The Straits Times,Thursday, July 02, 2009

THE strains of Majulah Singapura were heard for the first time at the Asian Youth Games (AYG) on Wednesday when Singapore kegler New Hui Fen struck gold in the girls' singles event on the first day of the bowling competition.

National bowler New Hui Fen has won Singapore's first gold medal at the Asian Youth Games. -- PHOTO By IMSG

Hui Fen, 17, held off late challenges from Japan's Misaki Mukotani and Oh Nu-Ri of South Korea at the Orchid Country Club to clinch the Republic's first gold medal at the inaugural Games.

The former Singapore Sports School student scored a combined total of 1,359 over six games to finish 45 pins ahead of the second-placed Mukotani.

Oh was third with 1,308 pinfalls. Hui Fen, who revealed that she was actually gunning for gold in the team events later this week, said playing on home soil was the key. 'It makes it more comfortable knowing your friends and family are here,' she said. 'I feel very happy and honoured to win the first gold for Singapore. I just wanted to do my best.'

For her efforts, Hui Fen will receive a cash reward of $4,000, offered by the Singapore Bowling Federation and Orchid Bowl for every gold medal won by the country's keglers.

After two days of competition, the host nation's overall medal count now stands at one gold medal and two bronzes.

Asian Youth Games Mascot and Young Team Officials from schools (Bowen Secondary School)

Singapore chef de mission Lee Wung Yew expects more medals to come before the Games end on July 7. He said: 'The load is lifted off the shoulders. Based on our performances so far, I'm really confident we'll be getting a few more medals.'

Asian Youth Games Mascot and Young Team Officials from schools (Bowen Secondary School)

The bowling competition continues on Thursday with the boys' and girls' doubles events.

Young Team Officials inside Swissotel to fetch the athletes to the stadium

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