23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships
Australia, Malaysia shares Team glory
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20th June, Petaling Jaya: Australia Team A snatched victory in their final game to win the Boy's Team of 4 gold medal with Australia Team B clinching the bronze while host nation, Malaysia Team A delivered their first gold medal in the Girl's division.

Izac Mong, Louis Lam, Dylan Lam and Jovi Ma of Hong Kong, China topped the first block of 3 games in the Boy's Team of 4 with 2520. Hong Kong had shared the lead with Qatar Team A in their opening game of 860. Hong Kong added an identical 860 in the second game to firm up their lead.

The leader closed out with 800 for the lead of the first block before the break. Australia Team A's Justin Dinham, Blayde Hamilton-Christensen, Liam Cochrane and Nicholas Rajkovic finished second with 2468 while Malaysia Team B took third spot with 2458.

Hong Kong held on to their lead despite managing only 799 at the start of the second block with Malaysia Team A breathing down their neck, just 25 pins adrift. Malaysia Team A took over the lead after the fifth game and Australia Team A moved up into second spot.

Girl's Doubles gold medalists, Joshua Gaza Soo and Aviel Chua

The Aussie quartet fired a sizzling 860 in their final game to snatch victory with 4969 and their first gold medal of the championships. The last time they took home the Team of 4 gold was way back in 2014, exactly 10 years ago in Indonesia.

Malaysia Team B of Amin Zulkarnain Bin Zulkifli, Eldred Kho Yek Zhen, Muhammad Aiman Syahin and Muhammad Aqil Bin Faizal settled for the silver medal with 4917, 52 pins adrift. Australia Team B of Sean Lam, Kohan Davis, William Zaccaria and Julian Dinham stormed home to clinch the bronze medal with 4846. First block leader Hong Kong slipped down to fifth with 4785 behind Malaysia Team A in fourth position with 4802.

Meanwhile, host nation Malaysia ended their two day gold draught with the girls delivering their first gold medal in the Girl's Team of 4 event. Intan Nor Edryana, Nur Ainul Hayat, Adelia Nur Irwan Syazlee and Afiqah Kamilia had topped the first block with 2381 ahead of Singapore Team A and SIngapore Team B.

The Malaysian quartet lost the lead at the start of the second block to Singapore Team A after only rolling 760 and was trailing their arch rival by 12 pins. Whilst Malaysia also struggled in the fifth game with 719, the leader could only stretch their margin to 25 pins.

Malaysia Team A fought on gallantly ending the block with 792 to take a well-deserved victory and the first gold medal with 4720. Singles gold medalist, Nura Salsabila Bte Zulkifli led team-mates, Jean Neo, Isabelle Wee and Ashley Victoria Lok to the silver medal with 4681.

Singapore Team B's Hazel Tan Wei Ning, Ashle Thia, Tan Rui Lin and Ella Tan Shi Min settled for the bronze medal with 4547. Malaysia Team B ended in a distant fourth with 4405, 142 pins behind. China completed the top five with 4338.

Girl's Doubles silver and gold medalists, Singapore B1 and Singapore A1

Perfect gamer and Doubles gold medalist, Aviel Chua Jun Jie captured Singapore's fifth gold of the championships after topping the Boy's All Events standings with 3855, from 18 games contested. Doubles silver medalist, Ibrahim Al Moreikhi of Qatar Team A added a second silver after finishing second to the Singaporean with 3788.

Singles gold medalist, Mark Leong Yew Cheng of Singapore Team B earned the bronze medal with 3778. Team gold medalist, Afiqah Kamilia Bte Ali bagged Malaysia's second gold medal after her victory in the Girl's All Events. The 16-year-old topped the standings with 3694.

Intan Nor Edryana Bte Nor Azliman gave Malaysia Team A a one-two finish to add a silver medal with 3680. Singles silver medalist, Ella Tan Shi Min took home the bronze medal with 3645. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the All Events standings qualified for the Masters finals to be contested in the next two days.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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