Tue, Jul 07, 2009
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New golden girl

By Chia Han Keong

THEY had each won two golds before yesterday began.

And both swimmer Quah Ting Wen and bowler New Hui Fen (inset) had opportunities to add more victories to their list of stellar performances yesterday at the Asian Youth Games (AYG).

Ting Wen had the 100m freestyle and 4x100m free relay, while Hui Fen was in contention for the Masters title.

Who will become Singapore's AYG Golden Girl?

Here's a running diary of what happened yesterday.

10.05am: Hui Fen bowls a perfect game of 300 to surge up the Masters standings.

12 noon: Hui Fen qualifies for the Masters step-ladder finals in first place with a grand total of 3,524 points, while teammate Darshini Krishna qualifies in second place.

6.22pm: Darshini loses her semi-final to South Korea's Sim Ui Jin, 199-249.

6.31pm: GOLD! Ting Wen bursts out of the blocks fastest in the 100m freestyle final, and leads all the way to winning her third gold for the Games with a national-record 55.57sec, improving on her own mark of 55.65 set on June 10.

7.09pm: Hui Fen and Ui Jin begin their final. Hui Fen starts by missing her spare attempt, while Ui Jin strikes.

7.26pm: Hui Fen loses her first game, 189-239. Final goes into second game.

7.44pm: Hui Fen struggles, but Ui Jin shocks the crowd by sending a ball into the drain in frame seven.

7.48pm: GOLD! Singapore's 4x100m freestyle relay team of Ting Wen, Amanda Lim, Lynette Lim and Koh Hui Yu storm to a superb victory in 3min 46.91sec, more than four seconds ahead of second-placed South Korea. This victory makes it four golds for Ting Wen, who also broke the national record again during her relay leg, with 55.38.

Said Singapore's newest Golden Girl: "It feels really good to win the last gold of the meet. We've exceeded expectations with five gold medals.

"I didn't expect to do as well as I did. I got my personal bests, which were my goal - the golds were a bonus."

7.52pm: Hui Fen misses pin in final frame and misses out on her third gold as Ui Jin wins, 214-168.

Said a dejected Hui Fen: "I could have played much better. The lanes were just very unforgiving for me.

"The setting, the lighting and the cameras going off made me a little nervous, but I kept my focus on the game. It was very trying."

8.49pm: At least Hui Fen is smiling again, as Basil Low clinches Singapore's final gold with his victory in the boys' Masters final.



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