22nd October, Kuwait: Malaysia got off to a dream start with Shalin Zulkifli and Sin Li Jane capturing the Women's Singles gold and bronze medals at the 25th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships underway at the Kuwait Bowling Sporting Club.
2019 Malaysian Open Masters champion, Charlene Lim of Singapore and 2014 Asian Games multiple gold medallist, Lee Nayoung of Korea set a cracking pace with 267 to share the lead. Lee's team-mates, rookie Kang Sujin and 2016 Asian Championships Masters gold medallist, Jung Dawun shared second spot with 256.
Lee took over the running after adding 255 in her second game while Kang remained in second with another strong game of 262. Right on the Korean's heels were Malaysia's Sin Li Jane sharing third spot with Jung.
Malaysian veteran, Shalin Zulkifli stayed close to the leading quartet, just one pin off Sin and Jung. Kang took over the running after knocking down 243 in her third game. Zulkifli moved into second by adding 247 to trail the lead by 16 pins.
Lee slipped down to third while a third Malaysian, Siti Safiyah Amirah moved into contention. Sin dropped down to fourth after managing 219 with Indonesia's Nadia Pramanik rounding out the top five. Kang continued to lead the field with 236 in her fourth game and extending her lead from 16 to 20 pins. Pramanik fired a sizzling 278 to move into second pushing Zulkifli down to third. Lee and Jung followed in fourth and fifth positions.
Both Kang and Zulkifli rolled identical fifth game of 243 which allowed Kang to remain in the lead. The Indonesian added 244 to take over second from Zulkifli. With less than 10 pins separating the top five, it came down to the sixth and final game to determine a clear winner.
Cheers roared loud from Zulkifli's team-mates and supporters giving her the inspirations needed to fire a stunning 278 to seal the gold medal with 1498. Pramanik ended with 256 to clinch the silver medal with 1492.
Sin stormed home with 244 and 267 to snatch the bronze medal with 1471, edging pace-setter, Kang to the podium by two pins. The Korean ended in fourth with 1469. Singapore's Bernice Lim stormed home with 265 but managed only to complete the top five with 1463.
Jung and Lee ended their strong run in a disappointing sixth and seventh positions. Mr Choi Jang-Kyu, ABF VIce President (Far East Region) and Mr Alexander Lim, ABF Executive Committee Member awarded the medal and bouquet to the medal winners.
The Men's Singles Squad 1 will take to the lanes for the Singles after lane maintenance while the Squad 2 will be contested tomorrow morning. The combined scores of both the squads will determine the medal winners.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.
Grand opening of Asian championships