23rd October, Kuwait: Korea's third pair of Baek Seungja-Lee Nayoung and first pair of Lee Yeonji-Kim Moonjeong delivered the Women's Doubles silver and gold medals of the 25th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships at Kuwait Bowling Sporting Club.
Malaysia's second pair Esther Cheah and Singles bronze medallist, Sin Li Jane set a blistering pace with 490 in their opening game to lead the first Korean pair of Kim Moonjeong and Lee Yeonji by 2 pins. The first Malaysian pairing of Syaidatul Afifah and Singles gold medallist, Shalin Zulkifli followed in third with 487.
Korea's third pair of Lee Nayoung and Baek Seungja was fourth with 484. Cheah and Sin added an identical 490 in the second game to extend their lead to 12 pins as Lee and Baek also rolled an identical 484 game to move into second.
Lee and Baek were more consistent after posting 488 in their third game to take over the running. The other Korean pair of Kim and Lee moved ahead into second after the Malaysian pair managed only 437.
The leader picked up their pace by posting a strong 500 in the fourth game to stretch their lead over their compatriots from 38 to 86 pins. Afifah and Zulkifli made up grounds with 519 and 469 in their third and fourth games to tie second spot with the first Korean pair.
Cheah and Sin continued to slip down with 401 in their fourth game. Lee and Kim completed the six game with 486 and 454 to comfortably win the gold medal with 2896 total pinfalls. Kim and Lee gave Korea a one-two finish to win the silver medal with 2753.
Cheah and Sin recovered with 502 in the fifth game but managed only 424 to settle for the bronze medal with 2744 while ther other Malaysian pair of Afifah and Zulkifli missed the podium by a single pin to finish fourth with 2743.
After two events, Lee Nayoung led the All Events standings with 2912, 26 pins ahead of Zulkifli, who occupied second spot with 2886. 2016 Asian Championships Singles and Masters gold medallist, Jung Dawun is placed third with 2851.
Dr Mahmoud Fleitah Al-Shemmari, General Manager of Public Authority for Sports presented the medals and bouquet to the winners during the medal ceremony. The women will resume competition with the first block of the Trios event on October 25 while the men will contest their Doubles event over two squads tomorrow.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.