South Korea’s Nam Bo-Ra bowls her way to gold in Osaka


OSAKA, Japan, AFP

South Korea’s Nam Bo Ra won gold Monday in the women’s ten-pin bowling singles on day three of the third East Asian Games, defeating Chinese Taipei’s (Taiwan)e duo Wang Yi Fen and Wang Yu-Ling. Nam, who got off to a poor start in the opening game scoring only 194 points, found form in the second game and amassed a total of 1368 points through six games, a new Games record. Wang Yi-Fen finished 40 points adrift to collect silver, while Wang Yu-Ling, who had a disappointing midway patch, finished a further 108 points back at Osaka’s Kanaoko Koen Gymnasium. This is the second time that ten-pin bowling has featured as an official event at the East Asian Games following its debut in Shanghai in 1993. Japan’s women got off to a winning start on the second day of the inaugural handball competition beating mainland China 21-17, with Reiko Yamashita finding the net on six occasions.

An impressive early showing on court avenged their 24-23 defeat at the hands of China in last year’s Asian championships. Victory also suggests that South Korea, the reigning Asian champions, will have a fight on their hands to maintain their regional supremacy. The Koreans, with only six veterans from their disappointing fourth place finish at the Sydney Olympics, take on Chinese Taipei later Monday. The main action on day three of the regional mini-Olympics takes place in the pool where Japanese national champion Koisuke Kitajima and Australia’s Jim Piper are expected to challenge for honours in the men’s 100m breastroke. Mainland China’s female gymnasts, bronze medallists at Sydney, also have a chance to follow in the steps of their male counterparts, who won gold in the team event Sunday. Mainland China’s female weightlifters will try and outmuscle the competition in the 48 and 58kg finals.