7th July, Bangkok: Paek Yedam-Oh Hyunji and Baek Seungwoo-Park Soowan of Korea ruled the Doubles opening squad of the 21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships by leading the Girl's and Boy's divisions.
Singapore's first pair of Ning Tay and Alyssa Koh got off to a good start knocking down 445 to lead Chinese Taipei's first pair of Chiang Pin Yin and Chen Yi Ru by 23 pins. Paek and Oh kept pace with the leading duo with 413 to take up third.
The Taiwanese pair added another good game of 422 to take over the running as Singapore managed 386 to slip 11 pins behind Chiang and Chen while the Koreans remained in third. Tay and Koh bounced back with 420 in the third game to regain the lead.
Chinese Taipei dropped down to second and Korea still in third. Singapore kept the lead despite posting only 364 in the fourth game with Korea moving up to second with 379 and the Taiwanese pair fading off to third.
Singapore could not pull away from Korea in their hot pursuit and had a 32-pin gap reduced to just 3 pins by the Koreans after the fifth game aand going into the sixth and final game. Paek and Oh ended with 379 to snatch the lead with 2357. Tay and Koh settled for second with 2353, just 4 pins adrift. Chinese Taipei hung on to finish third with 2299 total.
In the boy's division, Philippines' Marc Dylan Custodio and newly-crowned Singapore Open Masters champion, Zach Ramin led the first game with 431 only to be overhauled by Malaysia's Muhammad Hariz Adlan Azman and Syabil-Azam Syamsul-Azam after the second game.
Baek and Park moved into third with Vietnam's Tran Quoc Tuan and Tran Hoang Khoi taking up third and the Filipino pair dropping down to fourth. The Korean pair fired a superb 452 in the third game to take over the lead.
Malaysia returned a decent 434 but was content with second and the Vietnam pair hanging on to third. The Korean pair added 378, 427 and a sizzling 492 to seal top spot with 2600. Malaysia settled for second with 2511, 89 pins adrift.
Philippines recovered to end the squad in third with 2439. New Zeland's Kosei McGrath Takeji and Michel Goggin stormed home strongly but missed the top 3 spots to take up fourth with 2288 while Vietnam completed the top 5 with 2262.
The second and third Doubles squads will be held at 9.00am and 1.30pm respectively tomorrow. The top 3 girls and top 3 boys doubles pairs will be awarded the medals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.