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Jazreel’s Silver Threads And A Golden Needle
Incheon 2014 Asian Games
Senior Executive, Strategic Communications
Posted: 30 September 2014
Credit: Sport Singapore via Action Images
Singapore Sports School alumnus Jazreel Tan Shi Hua had earned her silver threads and she was looking for her golden needle to complete her outing to the Incheon 2014 Asian Games when the Women’s Team of 5 she led defeated 10 other country teams on 30 September 2014 for the precious prize.
It is with no prejudice when I say that Jazreel and fellow alumni Daphne Tan Shi Jing and New Hui Fen, together with Cherie Tan, Joey Yeo and Shayna Ng sang the Singapore National Anthem with pride.
Jazreel had, earlier in her campaign, won two silver medals – Women’s Singles and the Women’s Trios (with Hui Fen and Cherie) – but that wasn’t enough.
The team was not spot on during their first block of three games in the Team of 5 event, bowled in long oil conditions. They were in 8th position after bowling a combined score of 908 pinfalls (181.6 average) in Game 1 – 180 pins behind early leaders South Korea. However, they managed to turn things around with scores of 1,103 pinfalls (220.6 average) and 1,133 pinfalls (226.6 average) in Games 2 and 3 respectively, and took a 95-pin lead over South Korea after the first block. Returning to the Anyang Hogye Gymnasium the on 30 September, the women attacked the short oil pattern with 975 pinfalls (195 average) in Game 4, 1,016 pinfalls (203.2 average) in Game 5 and 984 pinfalls (196.8 average) in Game 6 for a six-game total of 6,119 pinfalls (203.9 average). South Korea finished 71 pins behind Singapore for the silver with 6,048 pinfalls (201.6 average) and Indonesia took the bronze with 5,840 pinfalls (194.6 average).
Jazreel’s consistent performance throughout the bowling competition saw her finishing 3rd in the Women’s All-Events standings with a 24-game total of 5,013 pinfalls (208.8 average), behind South Korea’s Lee Young Na (5,132 pinfalls) and Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane (5,095 pinfalls). This brought Jazreel’s medal tally to 1 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze, making her the most bemedalled Team Singapore athlete at the Games.
Five Team Singapore bowlers finished in the top 16 and made the cut for the Women’s Masters Final but only Jazreel and Cherie (5th with a score of 4,958 pinfalls) will get to bowl as each country can only be represented by a maximum of two bowlers. Hui Fen (4,883 pinfalls) finished 10th and Daphne (4,788 pinfalls) 14th, while teammate Shayna was 13th (4,793 pinfalls). The sixth member of Team Singapore, Joey, finished a creditable 26th out of 74 bowlers.