16th August, Bangkok: Doubles Squad 2 winners, Lan Shao-Kang-Cheng Shao-Hua of Chinese Taipei and Shirlene Wong Xue Lin-Lim Shi En of Singapore Team A overhauled first squad leaders to snatch the Boy's and Girl's gold medals at the 21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships.
Singapore Team B second pair of Mathieu Louis and Ryan Goi Chee Hean set a blistering pace with a 520 opener to lead Chinese Taipei's second pair by 39 pins. The Singaporean was on fire following it up with 473 aand 502 to open up a comfortable margin of 83 pins at the halfway mark.
The Taiwanese pair remained in second with Qatar's second pair of Hazeem Al Muraikhi and Bader Al Sada in a distant third. Despite managing only 421 and 443 in the fourth and fifth games, Singapore continued to lead Chinese Taipei.
Louis and Goi must have lost their composure when they stumbled to a disasterous 349 in their final game allowing Chinese Taipei to beat them for top spot with 2748. The champion also managed to beat Squad 1 leader, Abdulrzzaq Mohammad and Hassan Qasem of Kuwait Team A by five pins for the gold.
The Kuwaiti pair settled for the silver medal while Malaysia's first pair of Izz Naqiuddin Putera Islahuddin and Syabil-Azam Syamsul-Azam, who was second to the Kuwaitis, secured the bronze medal. Louis and Goi missed the podium by just 17 pins to finish fourth.
In the girl's division, Singles silver medallist, Shirlene Wong and Lim Shi En of Singapore Team A led all the way in the second squad to earn the gold medal with 2466 total. Malaysia's second pair of Anis Hannani Bte Romzi and Adania Mohd Redzwan, who finished second in this squad, clinched the silver medal with 2424.
Singapore Team B and first squad winner, Ashley Victoria Lok and Nur Irdina Bte Hazly settled for the bronze medal with 2410. Japan's first pair of Kondoh Mao and Totsuka China, who was second in the first squad, missed the podium by 40 pins to end up in fourth.
Lan, who won the Singles silver and Doubles gold medal, leads the Boy's All-Events standings with 2808 after two events. Singles gold medallist, Shaqeem Izwan of Malaysia and Kuwait's Hassan Qasem are second and third with 2789 and 2763 resspectively.
Singles bronze medallist, Ramita Sarntong of Thailand topped the Girl's All-Events table with 2605 ahead of two Singaporeans, Ashley Lok and Shirlene Wong in second and third with 2574 and 2571.
Competition will shift to the Team of 4 over two blocks of three games each tomorrow morning and afternoon. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the All-Events standings will qualify for the Masters finals on Firday and Saturday.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kuwait, Singapore tops Doubles opening squad
Malaysia, Singapore bags Singles Gold
Singapore, Japan leads Singles Squad 1
Colourful and traditional opening
Eleven countries at 21st MWA Asian Junior