5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games
Chinese Taipei, Korea wins Team gold
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27th September, Ashgabat: Chinese Taipei won their first-ever gold medal of the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games with victory in the 4-player Team final while Korea triumphed in the women's division for their second gold on the final day.

Tsai Ying-Hao, Chen Chia-Hsing, Teng Jui-Pu and anchored by Singles bronze medallist, Wu Hao-Ming defeated Qatar's Jassim Al-Muraikhi, Saoud Ahmed Abdulla, Yousef Al Jaber and Ghanim Aboujassoum, 846-744 in the final match to win the gold.

Tsai led with 203, Chen 194, Teng 193 and Wu making a big contribution with a high game of 256. Jassim returned a respectable 203 but rookie, Saoud struggled and managed only 167. Yousef also did well with 204 but their anchorman only posted 170 to settle for the silver medal.

"This has been an amazing journey for us in this event," said the 35-year-old Wu during the press interview. "Credit must go to our coach, Yang Cheng Meng, who told us stay clam and to enjoy the match. That encouragement took a lot of pressure off our shoulders.

Chinese Taipei winning the 4-player Team gold

"We're glad to be given this opportunity to compete in this prestigious games. The organisers have done a wonderful job." Chinese Taipei advanced to the final after ousting second-seed, Indonesia in yesterday's semi-final match.

"Qatar last won the Team silver medal back in 2007 and we're gald that we can repeat this achievement," said the 19-year-old Jassim. "Of course winning the gold would be a better but we're still happy to come away the silver medal."

Qatar made the finals after they edged favourites and top-seed, Korea in the first semi-finals match yesterday. Korea men topped the bowling medal tally with one gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Chinese Taipei men finished second with one gold and one bronze.

Meanwhile, top-seed Kim Moon Jeong, Hong Hae Ni, Baek Sung Ja and Jung Da Wun breezed past second-seed, Philippines, 873-801 to win their second gold medal of the competition. Kim shot 196, Hong 188 but were boosted by Baek's 256 and Jung' 233 in the final match.

Liza Del Rosario rolled 211, Alexis Sy 203, Lara Posadas 219 but anchorwomen, Krizziah Lynn Tabora struggle on a 166 score to take home the silver medal. The Filipina quartet reached the final after beating third-seed, China in the semi-finals yesterday.

The Korean quartet outclassed Chinese Taipei in the first semi-final match to advance to the final. Korean women picked up two gold, one silver and one bronze medal to top the bowling medal tally. China finished second with one gold and two bronze medals.

Sixty-four men and 38 women from 18 countries participated in this bowling competition of the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games held at the Stadium Bowling Centre from September 21 to 27, 2017.

Korean women picking up their gold medal in the competition

Photos by Terence Yaw in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

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