22nd August, Singapore: Aiman Lim-John Yong-Ming Faragalla and Lim Shi En-Nur Irdina Binti Hazly added two more gold medals for Team Singapore A with victory in the Boy's and Girl's Doubles at the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships.
The first Singapore pair had topped the opening squad on a total of 2709 with Faragalla's effort of 1420 and Singles gold medallist, Lim contributing 1289. When the second squad took to the lanes, there was a keen tussle for the lead in the first three games amongst, Japan, Qatar and Malaysia.
At the halfway mark, Singles bronze medallist, Daiya Saito and Misuki Hirooka firmed up their lead comfortably after a stunning 519 in the fourth game. With another strong 438 in the fifth game, all the Japanese pair needed was 392 or more to topple Sauad A leader, Singapore.
But Saito and Hirooka clearly struggled in the tricky condition and managed only 371 to settle for the silver medal with 2688, despite topping Squad B. Seth Gray-Pendlebury and Blake Walsh of Team Australia A stormed home with a superb 481 to snatch the bronze medal with 2662.
Kuwait A's Abdulzzaq Mohammad and perfect gamer, Hassan Qasem made a late bid but missed the podium in fourth position with 2599. Wan Mohd Zarif Ikram Wan Mazlan and Muhammad Daniel Abu Samah, who was second in Squad A, slipped down to tie with the Kuwaiti pair.
In the girl's division, Lim and Nur Irdina were anxiously watching the Japanese pair of Kiri Watanabe and Riria Hamasaki leading the second squad and had looked the most likely pair to topple the Singaporeans.
Their task was to shoot 405 or more in the final game but ended poorly with 368 to settle for the silver medal with 2404, much to the relief of Lim and Nur Irdina. The victory gave host nation and Team Singapore A their third gold medal in the championships after just two days.
Nur Ainul Hayat and Afiqah Kamillia Ali, who finished second to the champion in Squad A, were pipped by the Japanese pair to take home the bronze medal with 2383. Nur Jeehan Iezzaty Suffian and Nurul Anis Nabila of Team Malaysia A missed the podium in fourth with 2354.
Shanae Key and Singles bronze medallist, Emily Hart of Team Australia A, who finished second to Japan, rounded out the top 5 with 2316. After two events, Lim lead the Girl's All-Event standings with 2495 followed by Hart in second with 2400 and Singles gold medallist, Adania Mohd Rezwan of Malaysia B in third with 2397.
Hirooka topped the Boy's standings with 2675 followed by Hassan Qasem in second with 2671 and two gold medallist, Aiman Lim in third with 2662. Competition will shift to the Team event which will be contested over two blocks of 3 games each all on Wednesday, August 23.
The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on their All-Events standings (18 games) will qualify for the Round-Robin Masters Finals on August 24 and 25. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls at the end of the two blocks will proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.