16th Asian Senior Bowling Championships 2022
Second gold medal for Singapore
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11th November, Petaling Jaya: Singles gold medallist, Hairon Bin Awang partnered Paiman Bin Dali to win Singapore's second gold medal at the 16th Asian Senior Bowling Championships 2022 while Korea bagged the Women's Senior Doubles gold and silver medals.

Philippines' Juan Mendoza and ex-international, Enshir Layoso got off to a superb start with 447 in their opening game to lead the Singapore pair in second by 8 pins. Saudi Arabia's HRH Mohammed Alsaud and Yasser Ahmed Abualreesh followed in third.

Hairon and Paiman too over the running with back-to-back 424 and ahead of the Saudi pair. The pace-setter stretched their lead with a scintillating 521 in the fourth game and never looked back with consistent 471 and 460 in the last two games to seal victory with 2739.

Saudi Arabia settled for the silver medal with 2454 while Kim Sosoung and Cho Donggi of Korea had a splendid second three games to snatch the bronze medal with 2434. Takao Yoshimoto and Naoto Yoshimura missed the podium by five pins with 2429.

Men's Senior 50+ Doubles winners on the podium with their medals

Meanwhile, Son Soonjum and Kim Myeonghee of Korea topped the opening squad of the Women's Senior 50+ with 2287. Two Japanese pairs of Eiko Suzuki-Yumiko Yoshida and Takako Shukuya-Chizuru Yamamoto finished second and third with 2250 and 2169 respectively.

But the leader were pipped off the gold medal by a single pin when Kim Taeok and Cho Hanson totaled 2288 to win the gold. Squad 1 leader added the third silver for Korea. Suzuki and Yumiko took home the bronze medal.

Japan and Korea stole the limelight in the Doubles event of the Senior Grand 65+ division. Japan's pair of Masaaki Ichikawa and Yusuki Harimoto won the gold with 2517. A second Japanese pair of Ryoichi Maeda and Chikataka Iwai took the silver with 2464 while the bronze went to a third Japanese pair of Tadashi Fujita and Tomokazu Maeda on 2423.

Philip Tang and Samuel Ho of Singapore were awarded a bronze medal finishing fourth with 2418 stipulated in the Asian Senior Bowling rules when the top three winners come from the same country.

Korea also dominated the Women's Senior Grand 65+ division by winning the gold and silver medals. Bae Youngnim and Park Yangsoon captured the gold with 2253. Jin Yeongrye and Kim Myeonghee added the silver with 2176. Japan's Eiko Toriyabe and Honami Yanadawa settled for the bronze medal with 2156.

Women's Senior 50+ Doubles gold and silver medallists on the podium

Mr Steve Robles, Vice President of ASBC and ABF Exco Member, presented the medals to the Senior 50+ division Doubles winners and Mr Tomokatsu Yamashita, ASBC secretary gave away the medals to the Senior Grand 65+ division Doubles winners.

Competition will shift to the Team of Four event on November 12 morning with the Women's Senior and Senior Grand divisions bowling the first block of 3 games and the Men's Senior and Senior Grand divisions bowling the first block of 3 games in the afternoon.

They will resume with the second block of 3 games on November 13. The top 16 based on their total pinfalls from 18 games contested in three events will qualify for the Round-Robin Masters finals over two blocks of 8 games each on November 14 and 15.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya.

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