21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships
Filipino, Singaporean captures Masters gold
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12th July, Bangkok: Team gold medallists, Artegal Barrientos of Philippines and Ning Tay of Singapore captured the coveted Boy's and Girl's Masters gold medals at the concluding 21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Champioships on Wednesday.

Barrientos, who was seeded third, outclassed topseed, Blake Walsh of Australia, 443-349 in a two-games total Boy's stepladder finals to win his second gold medal at the championships. The 18-year-old Filipino had earlier ousted second-seed, Lee Myeongcheol of Korea, 205-191 to advance to the title match.

The champion had together with Stephen Luke Diwa, Marc Dylan Custodio and Zach Ramin stunned Korea by winning the Team of Four gold medal on Monday. The win by Barrientos allowed Philippines to emerge as Boy's country champion with two gold medals.

Walsh settled for the silver medal to add to the Girl's Singles bronze medal won by Hannah Clark on the opening day of the championships. Lee took home the bronze medal to give Korea a medal haul of 1-1-1 and finished second overall to Philippines.

Artegal Barrientos winning his second gold medal for Philippines

The Aussie advanced to the stepladder finals as topseed after winning the Boy's Masters finals second block with 3533 from a total of 13 wins in two blocks. Lee took second spot with 3452 from eight wins and a draw. Barrientos survived to make the cut in third with 3447 despite losing to overnight first block leader Baek Seungmin in the position-round. Baek missed the cut by 16 pins finishing in fourth position with 3431.

Meanwhile in the girl's division, topseed Ning Tay of Singapore edged third-seed and challenger, Anis Hannani Romzi of Malaysia, 485-452 over the two-game total Girl's stepladder finals to win her second gold.

Tay, along with Arianne Tay, Alyssa Koh and Colleen Pee, had triumphed in the Girl's Team of Four event on Monday to win Singapore's first gold medal of the championships. Anis Hananni had narrowly beated Pee, 201-191 in the semi-finals to set up the finale with Tay.

The champion was unstoppable winning the first game, 238-209 and the second game, 247-243. Despite the win, Singapore finished second in the girls overall medal table. Korea emerged the champion with a medal haul of 2-3-0.

Korea also came off on top the overall medal table with a haul of 3-4-1. Choi Yurin took the Singles and All-Events gold medals and Baek Seungmin-Park Soowan won the Boy's Doubles gold.

A second gold for Ning Tay and Singapore

Tay ended the earlier Girl's Masters finals as topseed with 3457 from ten wins in total. Anis Hannani clinched second position with 3451 and Pee made the cut for the stepladder finals in third with 3422. Nur Hazirah Ramli of Malaysia, missed the cut by 33 pins after finishing fourth with 3389. A total of 66 boys, 41 girls and 49 officials participated in the 12-day long Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships held at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin, Bangkok.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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