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Cheah continues gold medal tradition after 28 years

Cheah continues gold medal tradition after 28 years

Like father, like daughter.
Esther Cheah became the first Malaysian woman to win the tenpin bowling singles title at the Asian Games, 28 years after her father and current Malaysian coach Holloway Cheah won gold in the men's team of five event in 1978.
Cheah, 20, bowled an Asian Games record of 1,444 for a six-game series _ an average of 240.7.
"I trained her very hard for it," Holloway Cheah said after his daughter's victory. "I'm very proud for her. I knew that she could make it. It is the best Asian Games that I have attended in my life."
Indonesia's Putty Insavilla Armein won the silver, the first medal for her country in women's singles at the Asian Games, despite earlier breaking the eight-year old record with a total of 1,395.
Armein was gracious in defeat.
"I was not disappointed, she did better today," said Armein. "My best today was not good enough to get the gold."
Sixteen-year-old Angkana Netrviseth of Thailand took the bronze with 1,331, three pins better than Japanese bowler Kanako Ishimine.
Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang, who had a 299 in his second game, won the men's gold with 1,442, an average of 240.3. Choi Bok-eum had 1,419 to finish second, while Mahmood Al Attar of the United Arab Emirates took the bronze with 1,401.
Lalisang's 299 _ just one pin away from a perfect game _ was the highest single game total in any Asian Games. The previous game record was 290, while Lalisang also broke the six-game mark of 1,408 pins.
"During the first game I changed my line and angle for the last four shots," said Lalisang. "My coach instructed me to move more to the right to bowl. I found a good condition during the second game and that is why I got the highest score."
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VOLUNTEER DIES: A minute of silence was held at the ASPIRE indoor venue after the death of one of its games volunteers in a traffic accident Sunday.
The 60-year-old woman was killed in a road accident near Doha's Hamad Hospital.
The woman, an Indian national who had been living in Qatar for some time, was on a rostered day off from her games duties in the IT department at ASPIRE when the accident occurred, games organizers said. Her details were not released.
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SOLD OUT SHUTTLERS: While attendances have been sparse at some high profile sports like soccer, the Asian Games badminton and table tennis competitions have been regularly sold out.
"There have been good ticket sales," said organizing committee spokesman Ahmed Abdulla Al Khulaifi. "Table tennis and basketball were sold out yesterday and the ASPIRE (indoor stadium) had full houses.
"At the badminton there are no chairs (available)," he said. "We've had a lot of spectators."
The Asian Games badminton competition features a world class lineup, including China's world No. 1 Lin Dan and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.
China's team has nine shuttlers ranked among the top three in the world and is looking to greatly improve its performance from the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, where it claimed just two gold medals _ in the women's singles and women's team events.
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SHOOTING OFF TARGET: China's Xu Xuan had no chance of besting her women's 10-meter running target world record Monday after the event failed to attract enough competitors.
Just 10 shooters from four nations contested the event at Doha, less the minimum number of 15 shooters and five teams needed to ratify a world record, as dictated by shooting world governing body the ISSF.
In the end, Xu won the gold medal with 386 points, well outside her world record of 391 points set at the 2002 world championships in Lahti, Finland.
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MEET MILESTONE: The Japanese men's soft tennis team reached an Asian Games milestone when it won the 3,000th gold medal of the regional meet.
The gold was also the 33rd of 427 gold medals scheduled for the Doha games. Just 51 gold medals were awarded at the inaugural Asian Games at New Delhi in 1951.
Japan's winning men's soft tennis team included Naoya Hanada, Tatsuro Kawamura, Hidenori Shinohara, Shigeo Nakahori and Tsuneo Takagawa.


Updated : 2021-10-22 08:55 GMT+08:00