5th October, Taichung: First block leader, Japan won their second gold medal of the 19th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships with victory in the Boy's Team event while Singapore B overhauled overnight leader, Chinese Taipei A to claim their third gold.
Japan's Genki Hayashi, Takumi Shinsha, Sho Saito and Hokuto Fujinaga, who had a 120-pin lead over Chinese Taipei A Team, got off the second block well with 836 but could not extend their lead further.
Chinese Taipei A Team's Tseng Hung En, Wu Ming De, Xue Zhi Shan and Hung Bo Han also returned a good game of 835 to remain in second. Hong Kong A Team of Ivan Tse, Jacky Lo, Keith Mark and Alex Yu knocked down 807 to stay in third.
The Japanese quartet added 796 in their fifth game and 798 in their sixth and final game to seal victory and to win their second gold medal of the championships with 4959. Chinese Taipei A also remained unchallenged ending with 728 and 802 to win the silver medal with 4779.
Singapore A Team of Eugene Yeo, Gerald Teng, Brandon Ong and Xavier Teo fired 771 and 839 to snatch the bronze medal with 4650. Hong Kong, who was third before the final game, managed only 719 to miss the podium in fourth position with 4616.
Meanwhile, Liu Pei Xsuan, Cai Zhu Han, Yang Shih Yu and Sung Jr Shian of Chinese Taipei A Team had a 49-pin lead over the Singapore B Team of Arianne Tay, Colleen Pee, Alena Dang and Quek Lu Yi before the start of the second block. Although the Taiwanese quartet shot 749 in their four game, they fell behind Singapore B by 22 pins.
Singapore B got off the block well with 783 to take over the running. The Singaporeans added 742 in the fifth game before ending moderately with 701 to seal their third gold medal of the championships with 4436.
Australia B Team of Jamie Phelan, Ivy Dickinson, Emiliy Johnston and Grace Fahy, who was third after the fourth game and 200 pins behind the Taiwanese, knocked down a superb 792 to reduce the gap to just 90 pins.
The Australian quartet finished with another strong game of 778 to snatch the silver medal with 4341. Chinese Taipei A ended poorly with 668 and was lucky to hold on to third position with 4311 to secure the bronze medal.
Singles silver medallist, Alex Yu of Hong Kong A won the Boy's All Events gold medal with 4131 after finishing the Team event with 1368. Genki Hayashi managed 1258 in his Team event to settle for the silver with 4085 while Eugene Yeo took home the bronze with 4020.
Girl's Team gold medallists, Quek Lu Yi and Alena Dang finished one-two in the Girl's All Events with 3571 and 3553 to give Singapore B a third gold and a second silver. Jamie Phelan of Australia A took the bronze medal with 3536.
After four events contested, Japan leads the overall medal tally with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. Hong Kong A lies in second with 2 gold and 1 silver medal. Singapore A occupied third with 1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze medals.
The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on their respectively All Events standings, qualified for the Round-Robin Matchplay Masters finals over two blocks on October 7 and 8. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls with the highest pinfalls will proceed to the stepladder finals shootout for the final two gold medals of the championships.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Taichuing.
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