AYG News Flash: Heartbreak for Shooting girls and Bowling boys


SAFRA Yishun and Orchid Country Club, Wednesday, July 1, 2009 – Singapore shooter Jodie Tan finished 5th in the Asian Youth Games (AYG) 10m Air Rifle girls’ final, while bowlers Justin Lim and Basil Low finished 8th and 15th respectively in the boys’ singles bowling event.

17-year-old Jodie Tan of Republic Polytechnic had finished 3rd behind India’s Paul Ayonika and China’s Zhong Chunchan in the qualification relays in the morning with a score of 395.

The republic’s other representative, Goh Jia Yi of Raffles Girls School, bowed out in the qualification shoot off for the 8th place against Thiranuwattanakul Donyapan of Thailand.

It was heartbreak for the 15-year-old Jia Yi, who had missed out on making a final’s appearance by a mere whisker of 0.1.

Zhong Chunchan eventually went on to bag the first shooting gold in the final with a score of 499.5, while Jodie’s score of 496.3 kept her out of the podium and placed her 5th of the 8 finalists.

Republic of Korea’s Go Dowon took the silver with a score of 498.6 and Kuwait’s Hessah Alzayed took the final podium spot with a score of 497.8.

At the Orchid Country Club just down the road from the AYG shooting venue, SAFRA Yishun, the bowling boys too were struggling to make their mark on home turf.

Singapore’s best result came from Raffles Institution’s 17-year-old Justin Lim Chun Liang, who bowled an average score of 215.5 in 6 games, which placed him in the 8th position.

Team mate Basil Low Eng Howe of the Singapore Sports School could only managed an average score of 205.5 to put him in 15th place of the 59 bowlers competing.

Hong Kong’s Michael Mak Cheuk Yin took top spot with an average score of 232.7, while Republic of Korea swept the silver and bronze through Park Ji-soo (230.2) and Hwang Dong-jun (224.2).

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