8th July, Bangkok: Baek Seungwoo-Park Soowan of Korea and Nurul Anis Nabila-Anis Hannani Romzi of Malaysia bagged the Boy's and Girl's Doubles gold medals at the 21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships on Saturday evening.
Baek and Park, who led the opening squad yesterday with a commanding 2600 total, never looked in danger of being overhauled by two other Boy's Doubles squads that were contested today at Blu-O Ryhthm & Bowl, Ratchayothin.
Jeremy Wong and Amen Yuen of Hong Kong topped the second squad but failed to even make the top 3 when the scores of the two squads were combined.
When the third and final squad got underway, Oman's Haitham Lutfi Alharthy and Musaab Salim Aladawi looked promising after setting a cracking pace to lead Kuwait's second pair of Abdulrzzaq Mohammad and Hassan Qasem with Thailand's second pair in third.
The Kuwaiti pair stepped up their pace to take over the running for the next two games before Malaysia's second pair of Tsen Fan Yew and Singles silver medallist, Muahammad Hariz Adlan moved into the lead to mount a serious challenge.
By the fifth game, the Malaysian needed 510 or more to topple Squad 1 leader, Korea for the gold and 421 to beat their compatriot pair of Muhammad Daniel Abu Samah and Syabil-Azaam Syamsul-Azam for the silver. Tsen shot a good 240 but Muhammad Hariz managed only 188 for a 428 final game to settle for the silver medal with 2518. The other Malaysian held on to third position to claim the bronze medal with 2511.
Meanwhile, Korea looked set to sweep the Doubles event when their second pair of Singles gold medallist, Choi Yurin and Park Sunwoo took to the lanes in the final squad. Choi and Park led the second Philippines' pair of Kassandra Denise Yap and Danielle Escolano and then the second Malaysian pair of Nurul Anis and Anis Hannani.
The leader began to stretch their lead from 64 pins to as much as 133 at the halfway mark with Malaysia the only serious challenger trailing in second. Nurul Anis and Anis Hannani upped their pace to reduce the gap to 72 pins after the fourth game and then to just 16 pins going into the sixth and final game.
Choi shot a cool 222 but her partner crumbled to a lowly 168 to end with just 390 for a total of 2504. The Malaysian fired a superb 446 to snatch victory and claimed the gold medal with 2544 leaving the Koreans settling for the silver.
Singles bronze medallists, Arianne Tay and Colleen Pee of Singapore, who topped the standings after the second squad, held on to clinch the bronze medal with 2488. The first Malaysian pair of Adelia Nur Irwan Syazalee and Nur Hazirah Ramli missed the podium in fourth position with 2443.
Squad 1 leader and Korea's first pair of Paek Yedam and Oh Hyunji dropped down to fifth with 2357. Choi Yurin, Anis Hannani Romzi and Colleen Pee occupied the top 3 spots of the Girl's All Events standings with 2581, 2465 and 2448 respectively after two events.
Muhammad Hariz, Vilinkorn Kledkaew and Baek Seungmin were the top 3 in the Boy's All Events standings with 2600, 2558 and 2536 after 12 games contested. Competition will now shift to the Team of 4 event which will be contested over two blocks of 3 games each tomorrow and July 10.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.
Singapore, Hong Kong tops Doubles Squad 2
Korea rules Doubles opening squad
Chinese Taipei, Korea captures first gold
Aussies dominate second squad
Thai, Aussie tops opening squad
Fabulous ceremony at the opening
Seventeen countries vying for glory