The 19-year-old debutant from Sarawak kept her cool despite a jittery start to beat hot favourite Son Yun-hee of South Korea 266-217 in the final to become Malaysia’s second women’s singles champion.
Esther Cheah became the first and youngest world champion when she took the gold medal in the same event at the age of 17 in 2007 at Aalborg, Denmark.
Jacqueline made it to the elimination round by virtue of finishing fourth – with her high score of 1,486 pins – in the 171-field after the completion of the six-game qualifying round which was held over three squads.
Jacqueline first sparked great hopes of a breakthrough when she cooly disposed of top seed Shayna Ng of Singapore 246-214 in the semi-finals yesterday.
The Sibu lass, who took up the sport when she was 10 years old, said she was quite nervous when she found out that her final hurdle would be a Korean.
Jacqueline can look forward to an RM80,000 jackpot courtesy of the National Sports Council’s (NSC) cash incentive scheme.
Her first three games’ total of 812 (266-279-267) is a new world record – erasing the 12-year-old mark of 747 set by South Korean Cha Min-jung in the singles event at the 1999 world meet in Abu Dhabi.
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