19th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships
Korea, Malaysia leads first block
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25th October, Manila: Boy's Doubles gold and bronze medallists, Korea displayed their supremacy to lead the first block of the Team of Four event at the 19th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships while Malaysia topped the girl's division.

Australia's Elliot Patiste, Jayden Panela, Matthew Clague and Blayne Fletcher got off the block with a surpirse 924 to lead the fancied Koreans by 14 pins followed by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Singapore closely bunched up.

But the Aussie quartet was unable to keep their lead with 758 in their second game. Korea's Han Jae Hyeon, Park Geon Ha, Lim Seong Lyul and Lee Ju Hyung added a stunning 924 to their opening game of 910 to take over the running.

Indonesia's Patrick M. Hernandez, Wibianzo Joaquel with Doubles silver medallist pair of Paolo M. Hernandez and Billy M. Islam knocked down 909 to move into a distant second as Australia slipped down to third.

Korean quartet powering to the lead of Block 1

Bahrain remained in fourth ahead of Singapore in fifth. Despite managing only 833 in their third game, Korea ended the first block in the lead with 2667. Indonesia held second spot with 876 for a total of 2580. Bahrain stormed home with a superb 911 to snatch third spot with 2558.

Saudi Arabia also ended strongly to finish fourth with 2470, 88 pins behind Bahrain while Hong Kong ended with a strong 866 to round out the top five with 2424. After two events completed and the Team first block, Park Geon Ha and Han Je Hyeon occupied first and second spots in the All Events standings with 3306 and 3271. Ahmed Al Awadhi of Bahrain is third with 3203.

Meanwhile, Doubles bronze medallist, Bea Hernandez and Nina De Vera led their team-mates, Daphne Custodio and Rjoy Daval-Santos to a surprise lead with an opening game of 824. Singapore's Ilya Syamin, Amabel Chua, Jermaine Seah and Charlene Lim rolled 803 to trail the Filipinas by 21 pins.

Doubles gold medallists, Yang Da Som and Lee Jung Min led compatriots, Lee Hyun Jung and Singles gold medallist, Kim Ye Sol with 792 to take up third spot while Japan and Malaysia was fourth and fifth.

Philippines managed only 719 in their second game to slip down to fourth. Malaysia's Nur Ameerahusnia, Faten Najihah, Nora Lyana Natasia and Singles silver medallist, Nur Amirah Auni fired a sizzling 911 to leapfrog into the lead.

Singapore trailed in second, 60 pins adrift as Korea was unable to make further headway and remained in third. Malaysia ended with a splendid 850 to top the first block with 2505.

Malaysia taking a slender lead in the first block

Singapore and Korea finished second and third with 2469 and 2390 respectively. Philippines and Japan completed the top five with 2260 and 2252. Yang Da Som leads the Girl's All Events standings with 3162 followed by Singles bronze medallist, Shion Izumune of Japan in second with 3103 and Nur Amirah in third with 3086.

The boys and girls will resume their second block of three games over the long oil pattern tomorrow for the fifth and sixth gold medals of the championships. The medals winners of the All Events will also be determined as well as the top 16 boys and top 16 girls qualifying for the Masters finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

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