APG2018: Diane savours bowling silver in Jakarta
10 October 2018
Team Singapore bowlers are edging closer to gold at the 3rd Asian Para Games in Jakarta. One day after Rex Tan Swang Hee won a bronze in the mixed singles TPB10 event, it was Diane Neo Pei Lin's turn to shine.
Diane Neo in fine form at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre. Photo: Sport Singapore
At the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in north Jakarta on Tuesday (9 Oct), Diane totalled 1,033 pinfalls in a six-game series to emerge second in the women’s singles TPB4 event. Gold went to Indonesia’s Elsa Maris who amassed 1,186 pinfalls, while South Korean Kim Yuna completed the podium (1,003 pinfalls).
The 28-year-old athlete with intellectual disability is a rising star in para sports, having won bronze at the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens, Greece, and bronze in the women’s singles TPB4 event at the ASEAN Para Games last year in Kuala Lumpur.
Commenting on her silver medal this campaign, Team Manager Kelvin Goh said Diane was referred to the Bowling Association for the Disabled (Singapore) to train as a competitive bowler, and was a quick learner.
Said Goh: “Initially Diane was difficult to coach because she had bad habits we needed to iron out. But she has been able to improve her technique.
“Coming to Jakarta, there was a target of a podium finish for Diane, so this medal comes as no surprise. She is on form and we’d expected either gold or silver.”
Diane previously medalled at the Special Olympics and ASEAN Para Games. Photo: Sport Singapore
While her parents were not in Jakarta to witness her win – they saw her bronze medal performance last year in Kuala Lumpur – Diane was nevertheless overjoyed as this is her first silver from a major Games.
And this, along with Rex Tan’s bronze from the previous day, has proven to be a morale booster for the team who did not manage to medal in four other events on Day 2 of competition. That will be useful on Day 3 (10 Oct) as Team Singapore sends five pairings into three separate Mixed Doubles events. Diane is paired with Mohamad Rausyan Ya’acob in the Mixed doubles TPB4+TPB4 event.
As for future plans for Diane, Goh said: “We hope to send her out for more major games and to gain more experience. For all the para bowlers, her silver medal brings glory to the nation.”
Other results on 9 Oct:
Mixed doubles TPB2+TPB2: Kelvin Goh Jong Theng, Ong Kim Soea, 2,095 pinfalls, 8th
Mixed singles TPB9: Bahkia Hashim, 985 pinfalls, 18th; Kelvin Goh Jong Theng 885, 19th
Men’s singles TPB4: Muhammad Farhan Ismail, 1,166 pinfalls, 4th; Eric Foo Ming De, 1,158, 5th; Mohamad Rausyan Mohamad Ya’acob, 1,015, 7th
Men’s singles TPB8: Anuar Saaid, 1,092 pinfalls, 4th; Tay Leong Hock, 884, 16th
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