24th Deaflympics Bowling Competitions
Singaporean captures Singles gold
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23rd October, Petaling Jaya: Adelia Naomi Yokoyama became the second fourth-seed to win the Women's Singles gold medal for Singapore on Day 2 of the 24th Deaflympics Bowling Competitions 2021 on Sunday evening.

Adelia breezed past top-seed and 4th World Deaf Bowling Championships 2019 Singles gold medallist, Lin Hsiang-Tzu, 206-177 in the first women's semi-final match to advance to the final. The Singaporean had a good start but a back-to-back splits in the fifth and sixth frames put her on level terms with the Taiwanese.

She bounced back brilliantly to win comfortably in the end when her opponent failed to make any headway. Third-seed, Hsueh Hsu-Chen made up the disappointment for Chinese Taipei when she eadged second-seed, Lee Chanmi of Korea, 182-153 to set up the finale with Adelia.

In the final match, both found the going tough and tricky but Adelia prevailed ending the match 176-165 to take a deserving victory. Hsueh settled for the silver medal while Lin and Lee took home a bronze medal each.

Naomi Yokoyama Adelia with Singapore first gold medal

The 23-year-old champion, who has been bowling for nearly 10 years, trained three times a week since March this year by former Singapore national coach, William Woo under the Deaf Sports Association (Singapore) in preparation for this championships has certainly paid off.

In the earlier six games qualification round, Hong Siong Mui of host nation, Malaysia had a great start when she led with 212 but her lead did not last after a poor 150 in her second game. Hsueh moved into the lead ahead of team-mate, Lin Ya-Chun by seven pins.

Adelia took over the running after the third game but Lin had two better games in the fourth and fifth to move into top spot. Despite ending the round with just 177, she had amassed a total of 1157 to qualify for the semi-finals as top-seed.

Lee took second spot with 1116, Hsueh finished third with 1110 and Adelia squeezed into the semi-finals in fourth with 1084, edging another Taiwanese, Huang Shu-Min by 11 pins. Mr Rainer Kuehn, Tournament Director presented the medals to the winners while En. Ong Shin Ruenn, President of MSDeaf gave away the mascots.

Competition will shift to the Men's Doubles tomorrow, October 24 and likewise the top four pairs based on their total will make the cut the Semi-finals and Final shootout. The Women's Doubles is scheduled for October 25.

Women's Singles medallists, Hsueh, Adelia, Lin and Lee

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