19th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships
Japan, Singapore wins Singles gold
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2nd October, Taichung: Genki Hayashi of Japan won the Boy's Singles gold medal of the 19th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships while Shin Zong Yi of Singapore A rolled the first 300 in her final game to snatch the Girl's Gold medal.

Hayashi, who topped the Boy's opening squad with 1460 remained unbeaten to capture the gold medal. Alex Yu of Hong Kong A, who finished second to Hayashi, retained second spot to take home the silver medal with 1351.

2017 Hong Kong Asian School Singles gold medallist, Kenzo Umali of Philippine A, who won the second squad with 1345, settled for the bronze medal. Umali had led the first three games of the second squad with 246, 203 and 216 but lost the lead to Kyle Annetts of Australia A after fourth and fifth games.

The 16-year-old Filipino ended stronger than the Aussie to clinch the squad victory. Takumi Shinsha of Japan finished second to Umali with 1330 and missed the podium by 15 pins to end in fourth overall.

Genki Hayashi winning the first gold medal for Japan

Danielle Evangelista of Philippines A, who was third in the second squad, completed the top 5 with 1316. Owen Wong of Singapore B, who was third in the first squad with 1307, ended up in sixth position behind Evangelista.

In the girl's division, Lu Yi Quek of Singapore B set the early pace in the second squad but lost the lead to Zong after the third game. Two Japanese girls, Erina Ishimoto took over the lead after the fourth game and Akari Yasuda led after the fifth game.

But Shin fied the championship's first 300 in her final game to snatch victory and the gold medal with 1292. Yasuda finished second with 1253 but could not beat Squad 1 winner, Arianne Tay's 1281 to settle for the bronze medal.

Tay secured the silver medal to give Singapore a one-two finish. Ishimoto missed out on the podium ending in fourth with 1231. Jamie Phelan of Australia A rounded out the top 5 with 1218. Arielle Tay, who was second in the first squad dropped down to seventh.

Competition will shift to the Doubles event tomorrow with Squad 1 for the Boy's and Girl's divisions in the morning and Squad 2 in the afternoon. The top 3 with the highest pinfalls after six games will be awarded the medals.

Shin Zong Yi winning the gold medal with a perfect game

Photos by Terence Yaw in Taichuing.

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