25th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships
China survives to win Doubles gold
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24th October, Kuwait: Squad 1 leader, Du Jianchao and Wang Hongbo of China survivied the challenge from the second squad to win the Men's Doubles gold medal of the 25th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships at Kuwait Bowling Sporting Club.

Korea's third pair of Kim Kyungmin and Choi Bokeum set a blistering pace with 560 in their opening game to lead the third Japanese pair of Yuma Haraguchi and Takuya Miyazawa by 17 pins. Merwin Tan and Kenneth Chua of Philippines 3 posted a promising 512 to take up third.

The Japanese pair added another sizzling 504 to take over the running when the Koreans managed only a moderate 438 and slipping down to second to trail Japan by 49 pins. Thailand's third pair of Annop Arromsaranon and Yannaphon Larpapharat made good progress to move into third.

Haraguchi and Miyazawa dropped their pace with 431 in their third game but remained in the lead. Indonesia's third pair of Ramadona and Rezaldy, who had 465 and 489 in their first two games, added a strong 488 to move into second spot. Thailand remained in third ahead of Korea in fourth.

Men's Doubles gold medallist, Du Jianchao and Wang Hongbo

Japan struggled in the fourth game with 388 and dropped out of contention. Indonesia rolled 482 to take over the lead. Thailand moved up to second with a strong 487 as Australia's Matt Clague and Adam Hayes leapfrog into third spot with a strong 526.

Although the Indonesian pair knocked down only 442 in the fifth game, they managed to remain in the lead. Australia took over second spot with 459 as the Thai stumbled to a low 383. The third Chinese pair of Qi Wankang and Wang Zhiyong showed promise after moving up to fourth.

With a benchmark of 2901 set by Squad 1 leader of Du Jianchao and Wang Hongbo, the Indonesian needed a massive 535 or more to beat the Chinese pair for the gold. Ramadona was unlucky after encountering a split in his last frame to end with 234.

Fortunately, Rezaldy struck in his last frame ending with 245 and a sixth game total of 479, pipping Korea's Kim Junyung and Kang Heewon by three pins to clinch the silver medal with 2845. Kim and Kang settled for the bronze medal with 2842.

Australia, who finished second to the Indonesians in this squad with 2817, ended in sixth overall. Thailand, who was third with 2811, finished seventh. Syafiq Ridhwan and Tun Hakim of Malaysia, who was third in the first squad, was knocked off the podium to end up in fourth with 2838.

Diwan Rezaldy and Yeri Ramadona topping Squad 2 to clinch the silver medal

After two events, Choi Bokeum of Korea led the Men's standings wih 2972. Indonesia's Ramadona occupied second spot with 2959 while China's Du was third with 2944. Competition will shift to the Trios event tomorrow with the women and men playing their first block of 3 games divided into two squads.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.

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