17th August, Bangkok: It took Hong Kong 16 years to claim the Boy's Team gold medal after a superb performance at the 21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships on Wednesday while Singapore regained the Girl's title they last won in 2018.
Hong Kong Team A's Louis Lam, Jason Leung, Amen Yuen and Jeremy Wong, who were third after the first block of three games, rolled 842 in their fourth game to remain in third as Singapore's B team of Leroy Kwek, Brian Ngoi, Mathieu Louis and Ryan Goi posted a much higher 880 to move into the lead.
First block leader, Kuwait A slipped down to second with 812 while Malaysia shot 897 to move into contention. The Hong Kong quartet added a stunning 937 in the fifth game to take over the running as Malaysia continued their good pace with 930 to move into second.
Kuwait A continued to fall down the field with another poor 804 so did brief leader, Singapore B, who also suffered a poor 760. Hong Kong ended the second block with another superb 912 in their final game to seal victory with 5299.
Coincidentally, Hong Kong's last team victory was back in the 9th edition of the championships in Bangkok, Thailand in 2006. Malaysia kept their good pace with 920 to claim the silver medal with 5240 while Singapore B was lucky enough to clinch the bronze medal with 5060.
In the girl's division, first block leader of Shirlene Wong, Rachael Ong, Ashley Lim and Lim Shi En of Singapore A cruised to commanding victory when they led all the way to capture the gold medal with 4873. Japan's Ishida Manon, Kondoh Mao, Totsuka China and Hamasaki Riria, trailed the leader all the way to win their first medal of the championships with 4661.
Malaysia, who was third after the first block, was beaten to the bronze medal by Singapore B team of Ashley Lok, Jerlyn Lam, Taneisha Kaur and Nur Irdina Bte Hazly by 32 pins with 4611, ahead of the Malaysian quartet of Anis Hannani Bte Romzi, Nur Aqila Aini, Nurul Anis Nabila and Asania Mohd Redzwan.
Singles bronze medallist and overnight leader, Ramita Sarntong gave host nation plenty to celebrate when she sealed the Girl's All-Events gold medal with 3884 after another superb 6-game score of 1279 in the team event. Sarntong shot 1289 in the Singles and 1316 in the Doubles.
Singles gold, Doubles and Team bronze medallist, Ashley Lok added a silver medal to her collection when she finished second with 3863. Two gold medallist, Shirlene Wong settled for the bronze medal with 3748.
Doubles gold and Singles silver medallist, Lan Shao-Kang of Chinese Taipei, earned his second gold medal of the championships after topping the Boy's All-Events with 4163. Doubles silver medallist, Hassan Qasem of Kuwait captured his second silver with a second-place finish on 4090.
Singles gold and Doubles bronze medallist, Shaqeem Izwan Teh of Malaysia added his second bronze medal with 4060. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the All-Events standings qualified for the Masters Finals.
All four Malaysian boys, three Singapore B boys and two Singapore A boys, two Kuwait A boys, two Hong Kong A boys and two Chinese Taipei boys and one Qatar boy made up the 16 finalists. All four Singapore A girls and two Singapore B girls, three Malaysian girls, three Japanese girls, and one each from Hong Kong, Philippines, Chinese Taipei and Thailand made up the 16 finalists.
The finalists will contest the Masters Finals over two blocks of eight Round-robin matches on August 18 and 19. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls at the end of the two blocks will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champions of the coveted Masters crown.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kuwait, Singapore leads Team Block 1
Squad 2 winners snatch Doubles Gold
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