2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships
Indonesia successfully defends Doubles title
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4th December, Manila: 2017 SEA Games Doubles gold medallist, Sharon Limansantoso and Tannya Roumimper successfully defended the Women's Doubles title at the 2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships to win Indonesia's second gold.

Singles gold and bronze medallists, New Hui Fen and Shayna Ng of Singapore 2 set a cracking pace with 433 in their opening game to lead Thailand's second pair of Kantaporn Singhabubpha and Yanee Saebe by four pins. Philippines first pair of Liza Del Rosario and Lara Posadas-Wong showed promise with 423 to take up third.

The first Indonesian pair of Limansantoso and Roumimper, who started moderately with 395, added a sizzling 454 in their second game to take over the running. Singapore trailed in second, four pins adrift despite a respectable 408 in the second game.

Philippines remained in third with the first Malaysian pair of Sin Li Jane and Esther Cheah closing in the leading trio in fourth. New and Ng fought back with 460 in the third game to regain the lead and amassed a lead of 50 pins over Indonesia.

Tannya Roumimper and Sharon Limansantoso winning Indonesia's second gold medal

Singapore remained in the lead despite managing only 353 in the fifth game. Indonesia narrowed the gap to just three pins after knocking down 400. Malaysia added 405 and 450 to move into third as the Filipino pair slipped down after two unconvincing games of 380 and 363.

Limansantoso and Roumimper picked up their pace to post a sizzling 493 in the fifth game to extend their lead over arch rival, Singapore to 76 pins. Both Indonesia and Singapore ended with identical final game of 408 but Indonesia sealed victory with 2552 for their second gold medal of the day.

Their team-mates, Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian had narrowly won their first gold medal in the Men's Doubles earlier in the morning. Singapore settled for the silver with 2476 while Malaysia finished third to take home the bronze medal with 2458.

Philippines was again unlucky to miss out on the podium after finishing fourth with 2396, 62 pins adrift. The second Malaysian pair of Siti Safiyah Amirah and Shalin Zulkifli rounded out the top five with 2388.

Police General, Mr Budi Setiawan, Indonesia's Deputy Chef-de-Mission, Mr Maradona Chok, Secretary General of Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress and Ms Valerie Teo, Singapore's Assistant Chef-de-Mission presented the medals to the winners.

Doubles medallists, Singapore 2, Indonesia 1 and Malaysia 1

Competition will resume with the Mixed Doubles tomorrow over two squads. The top three pairs with the highest pinfalls from the combined squads will be declared the medal winners. The Team of 4 will be held on December 6.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

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