23rd August, Singapore: Host nation, Singapore ended the third day of the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships with a four gold medals haul in the Boy's and Girl's Team of 4 and the Boy's and Girl's All-Events.
Brian Ngoi Kai Ren, Ryan Goi Chee Hean, John Yong-Ming Faragalla and Aiman Lim had built up a 69-pin lead over Kuwait in the first block of the Team of 4 event in the morning. The Singapore quartet did well with 882 at the start of the second block to remain in the lead.
Japan's Daiya Saito, Mitsuki Hirooka, Shusuke Nagao and Masato Zaha moved up one spot from third with a respectable 890 which forced the Kuwaitis to slip down to third. Singapore upped their pace with a stunning 944 in the fifth game to extend their lead to a commanding 206 pins.
The Japanese quartet continued to trail the leader in second while Louis Lam, Jason Leung, Amen Yuen and Jeremy Wong of Hong Kong Team A fired a superb 902 to move into third. Singapore eased off with 829 in their final game to win the gold with 5305.
Japan held on to second despite only managing 783 to claim the silver medal with 5035 while Hong Kong clinched the bronze medal with 4973. Australia Team B missed the podium to finish fourth with 4933 while Kuwait rounded out the top 5 with 4887.
In the girl's division, Miki Abiko, Fuka Tanase, Kiri Watanabe and Riria Hamasaki of Japan went into the second block with a 117-pin lead over the fancied Nur Irdina Binti Hazly, Nura Salsabila Zulkifli, Lim Wan Ling and Lim Shi En of Singapore Team A in second.
The Singapore quartet started the second block on a better footing, knocking down 770 but still trailed the Japanese by 47 pins despite the latter managing only 727. Singapore added 819 in the fifth game to take over the lead as Japan struggled with 711.
Into the sixth and final game, Singapore had looked good to win another gold but Japan put in a strong fight. By the fifth frame, Japan had gained a slight edge over Singapore. With sheer determination, Singapore fought on galantly to finish the block with 889 and sealed victory with 4828.
Japan ended with 884 but fell short by 39 pins to settle for the silver medal with 4789. Two Malaysian teams fought for the final medal and in the end, Nur Ainul Hayat, Intan Nor Edryana Nor Azliman, Adania Mohd Rezwan and Afiqah Kamillia Ali of Team B got the better of their compatriots to clinch the bronze medal with 4618.
Malaysia Team A missed by 97 pins for fourth position with 4521 while Singapore Team B completed the top 5 with 4396. Lim Shi En added the third gold of the day for Singapore by topping the All-Events standings with 3758.
Singles gold medallist, Adania Mohd Rezwan of Malaysia Team B took home the silver with 3651. Riria Hamasaki pipped team-mate, Kiri Watanabe for the bronze medal with 3626. In the boy's division, Brian Ngoi Kai Ren snatched the All-Events gold, Singapore's fourth of the day, after topping the standings with 3977.
Triple gold medallist, Aiman Lim settled for the silver medal with 3973, just 4 pins away while perfect gamer, Hassan Qasem of Kuwait Team A came away with the bronze medal with 3971, another 2 pins adrift.
The top 16 boys and top 16 girls in the All-Events standings qualified for the Masters Finals. The boys comprised of 5 from Singapore, 3 each from Australia and Japan, one each from Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar and Vietnam. The 16 girls are made up of 7 from Malaysia, 4 from Singapore, 2 each from Australia and Japan and 1 from Chinese Taipei.
Singapore has a total medal haul of 7-1-0 after three days of competition with the girls winning 3 and the boys winning 4 to top the boy's, girl's and overall medal tally. Japan in second with a haul of 0-4-2.
The Masters finals will be contested over two blocks of 8 games each over two days, August 24 and 25. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls at the end of the finals will proceed to the Stepladder Shooutout finals for the final 2 gold medals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.