19th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships
Korea, Singapore triumphs in Team of 4
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26th October, Manila: Block 1 leader, Korea remained unchallenged in the second block of the Boy's Team of 4 event to win their fourth gold medal at the 19th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships while Singapore snatched the Girl's Team of 4 gold in the final game.

Han Jae Hyeon, Park Geon Ha, Lim Seong Lyul and Lee Ju Hyung continued where they left off in yesterday's first block with 824 in the fourth game to extend slightly their lead over Indonesia to 90 pins.

Indonesia kept pace with the leader with 821 as Saudi Arabia downed a better 806 than their rival, Bahrain. Although Korea only managed 738, Indonesia did not take advantage by posting only 725.

Bahrain's Ahmed Al Awadhi, Ali Abdulla, Osama Hasan and Omar Al Mudhahki continued to make good progress with 857 to move ahead of Indonesia.

Korean quartet winning their fourth gold medal

Indonesia slipped down to third and was in danger of losing their spot as Saudi Arabia also did well in the fifth game with 833, just 15 pins from Indonesia. Korea ended the block with 759 to take victory with 4998 and gave Korea their fourth gold meda. Bahrain held on to second spot with 734 to win the silver medal with 4919.

Saudi Arabia's Saoud Alkhalewi, Sari Jazaeri, Sultan Almasri and Abdulrahman Alkhalewi shot 805 and almost snatch the silver but won the bronze medal with 4914, just 5 pins adrift. Indonesia was left disappointed after a disasterous 686 in the final game to finish fourth with 4812.

Han Jae Hyeon added a fifth gold medal for Korea after topping the Boy's All Events with 3931 from 18 games. Ahmed Al Awadhi won the silver medal with 3815 while Abdulrahman snatched the bronze medal with 3804.

Singles gold medallist, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, who was third after two events and yesterday's first block of Team of 4 event, missed the podium to finish fourth with 3781. Patrick M. Hernandez of Indonesia secured 16th spot while Alex Yu of Hong Kong miseed the cut by 2 pins.

The top 16 boys who qualified for the Masters finals are made up of three each from Korea, Indonesia and Japan, two each from Bahrain, Chinese Taipei and one each from Australia and Saudi Arabia.

All Events top 3, Ahmed, Han and Abdulrahman

Meanwhile, overnight leader, Malaysia started off the second block with 800 in the fourth game to increase their 36-pin lead to 125 as Singapore managed only 711. Korea kept third spot with 750 while Japan made headway with 819.

Despite knocking down only 697, Malaysia's Nur Ameerahusnia, Faten Najihah, Nora Lyana Natasia and Nur Amirah Auni held on to their lead albeit seeing their margin reduced to 44 pins when Singapore added 778 in the fifth game.

Korea posted a lowly 692 and look in danger of handling third spot to the Japanese quartet.

Singapore's Ilya Syamin, Amabel Chua, Jermaine Seah and Charlene Lim ended the block stronger than their arch-rival with 787 to snatch the gold medal with 4745. Malaysia could not recover and finished with 685 to settle for the silver medal with 4687.

Singapore winning their first gold medal of the championships

Japan's Akiho Mizutani, Momo Sakai, Rise Fujita and Singles bronze medallist, Shion Izumune knocking down a sizzling 856 to clinch the bronze medal with 4660. Korea managed 796 but slipped down to fourth and miss the podium by 32 pins with 4628.

Izumune's 614 and 611 in the Team of 4 event propelled the Japanese into the top of the Girl's All Events standings to win the gold medal with 3714. Overnight leader, Yang Da Som and Singles gold medallist, Kim Ye Sol took home the silver and bronze medals with 3678 and 3626 respectively.

Rise Fujita of Japan was the cut in 16th position with 3411 while Ilya Syamin of Singapore missed the cut by 14 pins in 17th position. The top 16 girls who qualified for the Masters finals are made up of four each from Korea and Malaysia, three from Japan, two from Singapore and one each from Chinese Taipei, Macau and Philippines.

All Events top 3, Yang Da Som, SHion Izumune and Kim Ye Sol

The top 16 boys and top 16 girls will contest the Round-Robin Matchplay Masters finals over two blocks - 8 matches tomorrow and 7 matches on October 28. A final position-round match will be played to determine the top 3 boys and top 3 girls advancing to the Stepladder Grand Finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

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