21st August, Singapore: Squad A leader, Aiman Lim gave host nation, Singapore its first gold medal of the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships with victory in the Boy's Singles while Squad B winner, Adania Mohd Rezwan of Malaysia B took the Girl's Singles gold.
Lim of Team Singapore A, topped the opening squad of the boy's division in the morning with a commanding 1373 pinfalls, followed by Daiya Saito of Japan in second with 1297 and Jeremy Wong of Team Hong Kong A in third with 1282.
Amen Yuen of Team Hong Kong A had a cracking start in Squad B with 278 to lead the pack followed by Team Qatar A's Bader Al Sada in second with 236 and Ryan Goi Chee Hean in third with 235. Kuwait Team A's Hassan Qasem rolled the championships first 300 in the second game but was content in third behind the Qatari who responded with 279 and Goi in second.
Al Sada continued his relentless pace and by the fifth game, all the Qatari needed was 218 or more in his sixth and final game to topple Squad A leader, Lim. But he ended with 206 to finish with 1366, 7 pins short to claim the silver.
Saito, who was second to Lim, clinched the bronze medal with 1297. Wong was short by 15 pins and missed the podium in fourth. Brian Ngoi Kai Ren of Team Singapore A tied with Wong for fourth position with 1282.
In the girl's division, Adania Mohd Rezwan of Team Malaysia B led from start to finish after starting off with a scintillating 266 in her opening game in Squad B. She went on to capture the gold medal with a total of 1327.
Team Australia A's Shanae Key, who trailed Kho in Squad A, was even overtaken by her team-mate, Emily Hart, who shot a stunning final game of 264 to snatch the silver medal with 1243.
Lavina Kho Jia Jie of Team Malaysian A slipped down to third to settle for the bronze medal with 1223. Key ended up in fourth with 1199. Nurul Anis Nabila of Team Malaysia A was in the running for a medal but ended poorly in seventh position with 1185.
Ms Jessie Phua, former President of Singapore Bowling Federation presented the medals to the winners while Mr Maradona Chok, Secretary General of Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress and a member of the Jury of Appeal gave away the mascots.
Competition will shift to the Doubles event tomorrow, again divided into two squads, Squad A at 9.00am and Squad B at 2.00pm local time. The combined scores of both squads will determine the medal winners.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.