25th October, Petaling Jaya: Fourth-seed Park Sunok and Lee Chanmi finally won Korea's first gold medal of the 24th Deaflympics Bowling Competitions 2021 with a convincing victory in the Women's Doubles final on Day 4.
Park and Lee sailed past top-seed and third Chinese Taipei pair of Lin Hsiang-Tzu and Hsueh Hsiu-Chen, 211-167 in the first semi-final match to advance to the final and earn another crack at the gold. Korea had won a silver and three bronze medals in three previous attempts.
Singles gold medallist, Adelia Naomi Yokoyama of Singapore partnering Kimberly Quek Hwee, defeated second-seed and the other Chinese Taipei pair of Huang Ya-Ting and Chang Yao-Chien, 180-158 in the second semi-final match for a second shot at the gold.
In the final, Korea got off to a cracking start with three strikes-in-a-row while the Singapore pair had an opened frame in the third on a split. The Korean pair almost gave away the match when Lee failed to spare a single pin in fifth frame and again failed to spare in the seventh frame.
Adelia and Kimberly did not take advantage of the chances given to them after encountering another split in the seventh frame. Korea went on to take the match, 191-168 for a well-deserved victory as Singapore settled for the silver medal.
Chinese Taipei took home two more bronze medals to add to their one gold, one silver and one bronze won in the first three days to lead the overall medal tally so far.
In the earlier 6-games qualifying round, both the Taiwanese pairs were having a keen tussle for the lead with Singapaore spliting the two after the fourth and fifth games. Chinese Taipei 3 eventually claimed top spot with 2283, 121 pins ahead of Chinese Taipei 1 in second.
Singapore edged Korea by 16 pins for third spot with the latter making the cut for the semi-finals in fourth with 2132. The third Taiwanese pair of Lin Ya-Chin and Huang Shu-Min missed out by 39 pins after finishing fifth with 2093.
Mr Rainer Kuehn, Tournament Director of ICSD presented the medals to the winners and En. Saiful Helmi Dzamani, member of the Organizing Committee gave away the mascots during the medal ceremony. Competition will shift to the Trios event with the Men contesting tomorrow and the Women on October 27.
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Organizing committee and coordination team meeting
Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya for MSDeaf.