29th SEA Games Tenpin Bowling Championships
Indonesia bags first gold
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21st August, Kuala Lumpur: 2015 Doubles silver medallists, Tannya Roumimper and Sharon Limansantoso bagged Indonesia's first gold medal of the 29th SEA Games Tenpin Bowling Championships with a deserving victory in the Women's Doubles event at Sunway Megalanes.

Esther Cheah of Malaysia rolled a stunning 279 partnering Singles silver medallist, Sin Li Jane to lead Singapore's second pair of Bernice Lim and 2015 SEA Games Masters gold medallist, Jazreel Tan by 22 pins.

Their 22 pins lead was reduced to 17 pins as Philippines' third pair of Liza Del Rosario and Lara Posadas moved into second position after the second game.

Roumimper and Limansantoso, who had a moderate start with 418 and 413 in their first two games, fired a superb 494 to leapfrog to the front of the pack while Malaysia bounced back into second position, 16 pins adrift. The Indonesian pair held the lead for another game before the second Singapore pair took over the running after the fifth game.

Tannya Roumimper and Sharon Limansantoso with their first gold medal

The Indonesian pair fought back brilliantly with 442 in their sixth and final game to seal victory with 2561. Lim and Tan suffered a poor 333 in their final game to drop out of contention. Singapore's first pair of Singles gold medallist, Cherie Tan and New Hui Fen stormed home to snatch the silver medal with 2490. The third Singapore pair of Daphne Tan and Shayna Ng clinched the bronze medal with 2464.

The first Malaysian pair of Siti Safiyah Amirah and Shalin Zulkifli tought they had overhauled one of the Singapore pairs to snatch the bronze only to be disppointed to find out they in fact tied fourth position with Lim and Tan on 2456.

"We have been training very hard back in Indonesia under our new coach, Purvis (Granger) and were advised to just concetrate on making good shots," said the 26-year-old Tannya Roumimper in her third SEA Games appearance.

"We missed the gold at the last games and we were determined to do better this time round. We're so happy to have won the first gold medal for our country after a disappointing first day."

"We kept pushing each other and encouraging each other throughout the six games and we never gave up our hope of winning the gold," said the 32-year-old Limansantoso, who is also making her third SEA Games appearance.

Singapore settling for the silver and bronze medals

"There are many more events to come and we'll continue to put in our whole-hearted effort in the hope of take home more medals." Competition will resume with the Mixed Doubles tomorrow divided into two squads. The top three from the two combined squads will be awarded the winners.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuala Lumpur.

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