20th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships
Japan sweeps Team Gold
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10th July, Hong Kong: Japan swept the Boy's and Girl's Team of Four gold medals of the 20th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships while Hideaki Hata and Naoto Kanno added a third gold and a silver medal in the Boy's All-Events.

Singapore A team's Isaac Lai, Dylan Teoh, Ray Ng amd Joyan Khoo got off the block with a sizzling 904 in their opening game to lead Kuwait A team by 38 pins. Hong Kong A team's Alex Yu, Ambrose Hon, Owen Ip and Keith Mark trailed in third, a further 3 pins away.

Singapore A continued to lead the field with 856 in the second game and extended their margin to 81 pins. Hong Kong A took over second while Japan's Hideaki Hata, Takumi Shinsha, Keita Asakawa and Naoto Kanno moved up to third.

The Japanese quartet ended the first block with 880 to lead with 2548. Singapore B team's Lim Ding Xi, George Yin, Gerald Teng and Jovan Chua fired a superb 908 but were content to trail their compatriots, Singapore A, who slipped down to second at the break.

Japan sweeping the Girl's and Boy's Team gold medals

Japan returned to the lanes for their second block and quickly establish their supremacy with a stunning 982 game to remain in the lead. Singapore B rolled 857 to take over second as Singapore A slipped down to third.

There were no stopping the Japanese as they completed the Team event with 896 to win their second gold medal of the championships with 5361. Singapore B settled for the silver medal with 5138, 223 pins adrift.

Singapore A hung on to clinch the bronze medal with 5043. Guam, who were third before the final game, managed only 778 to miss the podium by 30 pins on a total of 5013 while Hong Kong A completed the top five with 4966.

In the girl's division, Haru Suzuki, Erina Ishimoto, Akiho Mizutani and Rio Watanabe snatched victory the Girl's Team event in the final game with a splendid 941 to win Japan's third gold medal with 5123.

Boy's Team Gold medallist, Japan

Singapore A team's Arielle Tay, Quek Lu Yi, Colleen Pee and Fion Liew had set the early pace to end the first block in the lead with 2520. Singapore B team's Althea Dang, Alena Dang, Mandy Koh and Arianne Tay trailed their compatriots throughout the first block to finish in second with 2482 while Japan took third spot with 2450.

Singapore B team started the second block better than their compatriots with 858 to take over the running. Singapore A suffered a lowly 753 to slip to third behind Japan in second. Singapore B continued to lead after the fifth game but found their margin reduced from 155 pins to just 34 when Japan posted 897.

Japan ended strongest with 941 to seal victory. Singapore B settled for the silver medal with 5068 while Singapore A held on to third spot to take home the bronze medal with 4907. Australia A finished a distant fourth with 4556, 351 pins away.

Hideaki Hata won his third gold and Japan's fourth in the championships after topping the All Events standings with 4271. Naoto Kanno gave Japan a one-two finish to add a silver medal with 4132.

Girl's Team Gold medallist, Japan

Boy's Doubles gold medallist, Nasser Al Mansouri of Qatar took home the bronze medal with a total of 4024. Joyan Khoo of Singapore A missed the podium by eight pins to finish fourth with 4016 followed by his team-mate, Isaac Lai with 3954 to complete the top five.

Girl's Doubles gold medallist, Fion Liew won the All Events gold medal with 4139. Singles gold medallist, Arianne Tay gave Singapore a one-two finish to win the silver medal with 3965. Haru Suzuki of Japan took the bronze medal with 3952.

The top 16 boys and top 16 girls with the highest pinfalls in their respective All Events standings qualified for the Round-Robin Matchplay Masters finals. They will contest two blocks of eight games each tomorrow and on July 12. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls at the end of the finals will proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

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