SINGAPORE - The nation's lawn bowlers clinched their first SEA Games team gold in the sport on Wednesday (Dec 4) when they beat the Philippines in the women's triples event at New Clark City.
The trio of Lim Poh Eng, Goh Quee Kee and Shermeen Lim edged out Toyco Nancy, Bruce Asuncion and Knight Ainie 16-13 to take the top honours.
Their win ended a 20-year wait for a gold medal at the biennial Games. The last time the sport struck gold at the SEA Games was in 1999 when Rosemary Tessensohn won the women's singles.
This is the Republic's second medal in lawn bowls in this edition. On Monday, the men's triples team of Leong Khim Hoong, Matthew Ngui and Melvin Tan beat Thailand 23-14 in the third-place play-off to bag the bronze.
Bowls Singapore president Francis Kwong told The Straits Times: "Since the last SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, they've been working towards the next Games so I'm not surprised that they got the medal.
"They got their strategy right and the team deserve it. Moving forward, we can build on the team because we have a good mix of youth and experience."
Kwong hopes that the historic feat would bring more people into the sport.
He said: "Now we have good results and coverage, I hope more people can take part in the sport. It's not just a sport for older people; we'd like to get more schools and tertiary institutions.
"It can help with building camaraderie between people of different generations. It's a unique sport because it it doesn't mean the older you are, the better you will be at it."