20th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships
Singapore sweeps Team gold medals
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23rd April, Kuching: Singapore over-powered first block leaders to sweep the Boy's and Girls Team of Four gold medals at the 20th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships after the second block on Tuesday.

Brandon Ong, Eugene Yeo, Xavier Teo and Jomond Chia, who trailed first block leader, Korea by 73 in the first block, got off to a much better start with 848 to take over the lead as they resumed with the second block.

Korea's Park Sanghyeok, Won Jonghyeok, Han Seongsu and Moon Hayeong managed only 763 to slip behind the Singaporeans by 12 pins. Philippines' Patrick Nuqui, Kayle Abad, Kenzo Umali and anchored by Singles gold medallist, Merwin Tan posted 815 to edge closer to the leading duo.

Malaysia, who was second yesterday, got off to a poor start and managed only 746 dropping down to fourth. Singapore stepped up their pace with another superb 904 in the fifth game as Korea too knocked downed a splendid 890 to remain in second.

Singapore winning the Boy's and Girl's Team gold medals

Philippines continued to make good progress with 853 but stayed in third, 65 pins away from the Korea. Malaysia could not respond and made no further progress. Singapore then rounded off a fantastic second block with 954 to take a well deserved victory with a team total of 5123.

The Filipino quartet finished stronger than Korea with 918 to snatch the silver medal with 4996 while Korea had to settle for the bronze medal with 4979 after finishing with 836 in the final game. Australia finished in a distant fourth with 4782 while Malaysia ended in a disappointing fifth with 4780.

Ong's effort of 1336 in the Team event earned him the Boy's All Events gold medal with 4103 and a third gold for his country. Muhammad Hafiz of Malaysia picked up the silver medal with 3933 and Merwin Tan of Philippines added a bronze medal with 3860.

Doubles gold medallist, Jomond Chia missed the podium finishing fourth with 3839 despite posting 1309 in the Team event. The top 16 boys in the All Events standings qualified for tomorrow's Round-robin Masters finals.

Boy's Team gold medallists, Brandon Ong, Eugene Yeo, Xavier Teo and Jomond Chia

Muhammad Syazirol of Malaysia missed the cut by a single pin finishing in 17th position. The finalists are made up of four Koreans, three each from Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore while the rest are made up of one each from Australia, Bahrain and Hong Kong.

In the girl's division, Charmaine Chang, Amabel Chua, Jermaine Seah and Charlene Lim, who trailed host Malaysia by 274 pins in yesterday's first block, reeled in 832, 827 and 730 to clinch Singapore's fourth gold medal with 4664.

Nur Syazwani Sahar, Nurul Ayunni, Nurul Alyssa and Gillian Lim could not repeat the form they showed in the first block, but managed to keep the lead with 710 and 760 after the fourth and fifth games.

Their struggles saw their comfortable margin of 274 reduced to just 54 pins by Singapore before the final game. A disastrous 629 in their final game saw the Malaysian quartet handling the gold to their arch rival, Singapore.

Korea's Kim Hyeonji, Oh Ahhyeon, Shin Hyebin and Jeong Yeri finished stronger than Malaysia to snatch the silver medal with 4628 as Malaysia settled with the bronze medal with 4617. Chinese Taipei finished a distant fourth with 4459 while Australia completed the top five with 4360.

Jermaine Seah, Charlene Lim, Charmaine Chang and Amabel Chua with their gold medals

Amabel Chua posted the higest 6-games series of 1268 in the Team event to beat overnight leader, Gillian Lim by 43 pins to win the Girl's All Events medal and giving Singapore it's fifth gold in the championships.

Lim settled for the silver medal with 3609 while Jermaine Seah added a bronze for Singapore with 3594. Kim Hyeonji missed the podium by seven pins to finish fourth with 3587 followed by her team-mate, Jeong Yeri rounding out the top five with 3567.

The top 16 girls in the All Events standings qualified for tomorrow's Round-robin Masters finals. Oh Ahhyeon of Korea missed the cut by five pins finishing in 17th position. The finalists are made up of four from Malaysia and Singapore, three from Korea, two each from Australia and Chinese Taipei and one from Macau.

The finalists will contest the Round-robin Matchplay finals over two blocks tomorrow and Thursday, April 25. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls with the highest pinfalls at the end of the finals will proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals for the last two gold medals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuching, Sarawak.

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