27th May, Hong Kong: Host nation, Hong Kong had a fabulous start in the 1st Asian Para Tenpin Bowling Championships underway at Belair Bowling Centre by winning five out of seven gold medals in the TPB1, TPB2, two in TPB3 and TPB10 divisions.
The star of the day and undoubtedly the most exiciting division was Chow Pui Kin of Hong Kong snatching the Men's TPB10 Singles gold medal in the sixth and final game. China's Du Jun had a superb start with 233 in his opening game to lead Chinese Taipei's Hui Min Chang by 11 pins.
But a poor 136 in the second game saw Du very quickly dropping out of contention. Hui took over the running with a stunning 263 in the second adding a 222 opener. Chow moved into second with 204 and 215 to trail the Taiwanese by 66 pins.
The leader remained in the lead at the halfway mark but a 171 in the fourth game saw him having to share the lead with Thailand's Preechaa Wetchkama. Chow kept close to the leading duo, 34 pins adrift.
Hui stumbled to a 165 game in the fifth allowing the Thai to move into the lead after two strong games of 223 and 221 in the fourth and fifth. Chow also rolled a superb 243 to stay in second, just 12 pins behind.
Wetchakama ended with a poor 168 in his final game. Chow finished strong with 199 to seal the victory with a total of 1235. Hui bounced back with 225 to claim the silver with 1217 while Wetchkama took home the bronze medal with 1216.
Muhamad Hairul Miran of Malaysia bagged the Men's TPB1 (fully blind) Singles gold medal earlier in the morning squad with 836 followed by Naoya Inoue of Japan and Hong Ka Lung of Hong Kong for the silver and bronze medals.
Lau Hiu Chun won Hong Kong's first gold topping the Women's TPB1 Singles with 620. Chiemi Inoue of Japan settled for the silver with 547. No bronze will be awarded as there was only three athletes.
Noriko Shida won Japan's first gold of the championships with victory in the Women's TPB2 Singles with 894. No silver will be awarded as there was only two athletes. Cheung Hoi Tung gave Hong Kong their second gold medal with a win in the Men's TPB3 Singles with 1195.
Huang Tzu Hsuan of Chinese Taipei and Kazuo Togawa of Japan took home the silver and bronze medals with 1124 and 1066 respectively. Chu Wing Kam claimed Hong Kong's third gold in the Women's TPB3 Singles with no silver or bronze with only two athletes.
In the second squad, Chan Tat Chung gave Hong Kong their fourth gold medal with a win in the Men's TPB2 Singles with 1076. Muhamad Suhaili Ab Hamid of Malaysia settled for the silver medal with 1048 and Noel Espanol gave Philippines their first bronze medal with the bronze.
Chow's win was Hong Kong's fifth gold. No medals will be awarded in the Women's TPB10 Singles with only one athlete. Both Women's and Men's TPB8 and TPB9 divisions will contest their Singles tomorrow morning followed by first squad of the Doubles for TPB1+3 and TPB2+2 divisions.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.