By Lin Xinyi
JASMINE Yeong-Nathan got Singapore’s World Youth Championships campaign rolling by winning the girls’ singles bronze medal on the opening day of the competition in Orlando, Florida.
The 20-year-old bowled a six-game total of 1,279 pinfalls in the preliminaries early yesterday morning (Singapore time) to finish third in the 135-strong field.
She then lost 167-197 to eventual champion Park Mi Ran of South Korea in the semi-finals.
Yeong-Nathan, a bronze medallist (trios) at last year’s South-east Asia Games, said: ‘This is my first major individual medal so it definitely feels special.’
However, she was understandably disappointed with her semi-final performance, which saw her score dip from her six-game average of 213 pinfalls.
She said: ‘I didn’t play well in the semi-finals. My shots were missing the pockets and I wasn’t throwing good shots like I did in my first six games.’
Although Yeong-Nathan has already secured a bronze, she has set her sights on winning the team event, which begins tomorrow.
She said: ‘Our main target is the team medal. That’s the best medal because everyone goes home with one.’