Bowling: New Hui Fen wins gold in SEA Games women’s singles

Bowling: New Hui Fen wins gold in SEA Games women’s singles

New Hui Fen SEA Games 2019 bowling, Shayna Ng
New Hui Fen (right) and Shayna Ng. (Photo: Matthew Mohan)

MANILA: It was a stormy day in Manila on Tuesday (Dec 3), but as Typhoon Kammuri lashed the Philippines with heavy rain and fierce winds, inside the Coronado Lanes, New Hui Fen was a picture of calm as she took a win in the women's bowling singles. 

She clinched gold with a total of score of 1,372, while Indonesia's Tanya Roumimper took silver and New’s compatriot Shayna Ng bagged a bronze.

The event’s defending champion Cherie Tan finished in 13th place.

New Hui Fen bowling SEA Games 2019
New Hui Fen competes in the Women’s Singles competition. (Photo: Matthew Mohan)

The gold is also New’s first individual medal at any edition of the Games.

“I feel very happy and very honoured to be flying the Singapore flag so high,” New told reporters following her victory.

“I’m very glad that I was able to stay in the moment, be present for every shot, just show up and make good shots.

“Because if you make good shots then it’s easier to make better adjustments. My coach and I communicated really well throughout the games so I’m thankful for that.”

The event’s defending champion Cherie Tan finished in 13th place.

Coming into the Games with two targets in mind - an individual medal and a gold medal in the team event, New is halfway there.

Singapore will face stiff competition from the likes of defending champion Malaysia in the team event on Friday (Dec 6).

But they emphasised the need to remain level-headed despite the good start.

“We (have to) try not to get too overwhelmed by today’s result,” said Ng.

“Right now we just have to refocus and basically come in tomorrow (doubles event) with that open mindset.”

Later in the day, Cheah Ray Han won bronze in the men's singles category by finishing third out of 30 bowlers.

At the time of her victory, New’s win brought  Singapore’s total gold tally up to five. It has since swelled to a total of eight.

Team Singapore sent its biggest away contingent to the SEA Games this year, with 666 athletes from 48 sports.

New Hui Fen reacts after winning gold, SEA Games 2019 bowling
New Hui Fen reacts after winning gold. (Photo: Matthew Mohan)

In 2017, Team Singapore’s contingent of 560 athletes in Kuala Lumpur won 58 gold, 59 silver and 71 bronze medals.

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Source: CNA/zl(hs)

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