From left: Sin Li Jane and Esther Cheah won the bowling doubles gold medal at the Singapore SEA Games. Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi and Shalin Zulkifli took the bronze. - BERNAMA
SINGAPORE: This time, it was on merit.
National bowlers Esther Cheah and Sin Li Jane powered to the women’s doubles title with a score of 2,651 pinfalls.
The Malaysian teams took turns taking the lead for the entire duration of the event, as Esther-Li Jane and Malaysia’s second pair Shalin Zulkifli and Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi exchanged leads twice.
But Shalin-Syaidatul were denied in the end as the aggressive Indonesia pairing of Sharon Santoso and Tannya Roumimper sneaked in to take the silver with 2,545 pinfalls.
Shalin-Syaidatul settled for bronze with a 2,524 total.
“Yes!” Esther said as she pumped her fist in the air.
“This time is by merit!” she added in reference to the bronze she was awarded in the women’s singles on Tuesday after a 1-2-3 finish by Singapore.
According to SEA Games rules, countries aren’t allowed to make a clean sweep of the medals. So, the bronze is usually awarded to the next best finisher.
Wednesday’s win was a long time coming for Esther and Li Jane who were paired for only the second time since the World Championship in 2013.
The win gifts Li Jane her first taste of success at the Games after winning a silver and a bronze in Indonesia four years ago.
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