8th July, Hong Kong: Hideaki Hata won Japan's first gold medal at the 20th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships with victory in the Boy's Singles with compatriot Naoto Kanno adding up the bronze medal.
Keita Asakawa got off to a brilliant start with a superb 254 in his opening game to lead Hata by 5 pins. Musaab Salim Aladawi of Oman and Hassan Qasem of Kuwait both registered high games of 245 and 237 for third and fourth positions.
The Omani added an identical 245 in his second game to take over the running while Asakawa slipped to second despite adding 216. Singapore's Dylan Teoh rolled 244 to add to his 221 opening game to move up to third as Hata shot 215 to slip down to fourth.
Musaab was on a roll with another strong game of 223 to retain the lead. Hata shot 246 to move back up to second, just 3 pins adrift the leader. Former Hong Kong national youth, Nixon Chan of Australia reeled in 225, 238 and 227 to take up third.