21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships
Philippines snatches Boy's Team gold
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10th July, Bangkok: Artegal Barrientos, Stephen Luke Diwa, Marc Dylan Custodio and Zach Ramin of Philippines overcame a 209-pins deficit to snatch the Boy's Team of Four gold medal at the 21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships on Monday.

Overnight first block leader, Korea extended their lead from 37 pins to 63 pins after a moderate 824 in the opening game of the second block. Thailand posted a strong 842 to move into second spot while Hong Kong slipped down one place to third.

When Korea suffered a poor 680 in the fifth game, Thailand took advantage of the situation to move into the lead after another superb 846. Singapore, Philippines and Chinese Taipei were all battling for the minor places as Hong Kong felled out of contention.

Thailand, who appeared secured with a 103 pins over second-place, Korea, found the going tough so did the Korean quartet. Philippines, Singapore and Chinese Taipei were all on fire and the gold medal could go to any of the contenders.

Filipino quartet snatching the gold with a stunning 943

Baek Seungmin, Baek Seungwoo, Park Soowan and Lee Myeongcheol of Korea ended first with 826 for a total of 4922 and had overtaken Thailand's Nutavat Rasisekun, Pakaphol Kulkarineethum, Sasitha Kaewklom and Vilinkorn Kiedkaew, who stumbled to a poor 719 and a 4918 total, 4 pins behind.

Philipplines shot a stunning 943 to edge the Koreans by 15 pins to win the gold medal with 4933. Singapore's 849 in their last game felled short by 13 pins to finish fourth with 4905 while Chinese Taipei's 901 effort put them in fifth with 4832.

Host nation, Thailand won their first gold medal after Vilinkorn Kiedkaew topped the Boy's All-Events with 3880. Singles gold medallist, Lan Shao Kang's 1347 in the Team event gave him the silver with 3828. Two silver medallist, Muhammad Hariz Adlan Azam of Malaysia settled for the bronze medal with 3794.

The top 16 boys based on the All-Events standings qualified for the Round-Robin Masters finals. Four from Korea, three each from Malaysia and Philippines, one each from Australia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Chinese Taipei made up the 16.

Vilinkorn Kiedkaew winning Thailnd's first gold medal

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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