19th May, Hanoi: Philippines bagged their second gold medal at the 31st SEA Games Vietnam 2021 with victory in the Men's Team of Four while Singapore successfully defended the Women's Team of Four title to cap off an amazing outing by sweeping all three gold medals.
Overnight and first block leader of Shahkruh Amin Zulkifli, Nervern Nateneel, Mohd Syazirol Shamsudin and Mohd Hafiz Zainuddin of Malaysia had a poor start in their second block managibng only 824. Patrick Nuqui, Christian Dychangco, Ivan Malig and Singles gold medallist, Merwin Tan of Philippines scorched the lanes with a stunning 927 to leapfrog the Malaysians for the lead.
Singapore's Muhd Jaris Goh, Timothy Tham, Darren Ong and Cheah Ray Han made no headway with 782 to remain in third. Indonesia continued in hot pursuit for a medal but found themselves trailing Singapore by 85 pins.
The Filipino quarter managed to retain the lead despite rolling only 819 in the fifth game but Malaysia suffered a lowly 766 allowing Singapore to close the gap from 224 to 111 pins, going into the sixth and final game.
The leader outshone the rest of the field with another stunning 918 to seal victory with 5275. Malaysia bounced back with 893 to clinch the silver medal with 5162 while Singapore settled for the bronze medal with 4963, ahead of Indonesia in fourth and missing the podium by 73 pins on a total of 4890.
Philippines emerged as Men's champion with two gold medals followed by Indonesia with one gold and one bronze medal. Singapore finished third with one silver and two bronze medals.
In the women's division, Singapore's Daphne Tan, Bernice Lim, New Hui Fen and Cherie Tan, who were trailing Malaysia after yesterday's first block by 63 pins, quickly overhauled their arch-rival with a record-breaking 965 in the opening game of the second block.
Malaysia's Nerosha Keligit, Nur Syazwani Sahar, Nora Lyana Natasia and Gillian Lim failed to match up with Singapore knocking down 827 to trail Singapore by 75 pins. Indonesia's Putty Armein, Shinta Ceysaria, Sharon Limansantoso and Tannya Roumimper did much better with 808 stay in medal contention.
When Singapore stumbled to a low 742 in the fifth game, Malaysia faired slightly better with 774 to reduce the gap to 43 pins. Indonesia continued to make good progress with 826, pulling away from challenges of the Filipino quartet.
A respectable 899 and 5049 total sealed the victory to give Singapore a clean sweep of the three events contested with their third gold medal. Malaysia came home with 844 to claim the silver medal with 4951.
Indonesia ended on a high with 863 to secure the bronze medal with 4838. Philippines missed out to finish fourth with 4722, 121 adrift. Singapore topped the Women's medal standings with three gold and one bronze medal.
They also emerged as overall champions with a medal haul of 3-1-3. Philippines took second spot in their best-ever SEA Games outing with two gold and one silver medal. Indonesia was the only other nation to win a gold in the Men's Doubles, added a silver and two brzone medals.
Mr Edwin Tong, Singapore's Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Abraham Tolentino, President of Olympic Committee of Philippines and Mr Dang Kinh Hoa, Organizing Chairman Bowling Committee were on hand to present medals, mascots and bouquets to the winners.
There will be no bowling competition at the next edition of the SEA Games which will be hosted by Cambodia in 2023.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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