21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships
Korean eyeing third gold
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11th July, Bangkok: Two gold medallist, Choi Yurin of Korea topped the Girl's Masters first block finals at the 21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships ahead of Malaysia's Nur Hazirah Ramli in second and Singapore's Colleen Pee third.

Nur Hazirah beat team-mate, Anis Hannani Romzi, 230-203 and added a 10-pin bonus to lead the field of 16 finalists. Choi also defeated her compatriot, Oh Hyunji 224-175 and earned 10-pin bonus to take up second spot.

Chinese Taipei's Teng Jo Yu and Singapore's Ning Tay also won their opening matches for third and fourth spots. A third Malaysian, Adeila Nur Irwan moved into the lead winning her second match with a sizzling 237 in addition to her opening win of 206.

Team gold medallist, Arianne Tay of Singapore, who started poorly with a loss in her opening match, won her next two with 267 and 264 to take over the running. Pee trailed in second, 58 pins adrift while Nur Hazirah slipped down to third.

Nur Hazirah, Choi Yurin and Colleen Pee finishing int he top 3 of the first block

Tay stumbled to a poor 156 in her fourth game as Choi began to mount a challenge to become the fourth leader with 234 and 236 in the third and fourth games. The Korean won the remaining four matches to end the block in the lead with 1757, from 7 wins.

Nur Hazirah snatched second position with 1731, from 7 wins as well. Pee dropped from second to third with 1721 after failing to win her eighth match. Anis Hannani and Ning Tay rounded out the top 5 with 1702 and 1680 resspectively.

The girls will resume with their second block of 7 games and a position-round match to determine the top 3 proceeding to the Stepladder Finals. The boys will contest their first block later today.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

Choi Yurin eyeing her third individual gold medal

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