National bowler Jasmine Yeong-Nathan is just one step-ladder final clash away from writing Singapore sporting history.
The 20-year-old kegler assured herself of a place in the 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup step-ladder final yesterday (Mexico time) when she secured the top spot after qualifying for the women’s quarter-finals at the Bol 300 Centre in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Yeong-Nathan, who won the national title in 2005, clinched her spot in the final after four wins and four losses yesterday. She scored a total of 9,114 pinfalls, just 31 pins ahead of Australian Ann-MareePutney, who is also the defending champion.
Putney will face England’s Zara Glover in the semi-finals tomorrow. The winner of that clash will then take on Yeong-Nathan in the final.
If Yeong-Nathan triumphs in the final, she will become the first Singaporean to win the AMF World Cup.
As it is, the Singapore Polytechnic student has already surpassed the seventh-spot finish she chalked up two years ago.
Singapore’s keglers have always faltered at the final step in this prestigious competition.
Henry Tan and Remy Ong both came a step short when they finished second in the men’s competition in 1970 and 2002 respectively while Grace Young’s fourth-spot finish in 1994 has never been bettered since.
The Singapore Sports Fan will be keeping his fingers crossed that Yeong-Nathan will break this jinx and enable the Singapore flag to be raised high at the Bols 300 Centre tomorrow.
All the best, Jasmine! Go for it!
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan
P/S: You can read more about the 44th QubicaAMF World Cup at www.abf-online.org