12th October, Kuwait: Singapore's pairs of Daphne Tan-Cherie Tan and Colleen Pee-New Hui Fen captured the Women's Doubles gold and silver medals at the 2023 INF World Bowling Championships while Korea's Kim Kyung Min-Kim Dong Hyeon and Won Jong Hyeok-Oh Byun Jun won the Men's Doubles gold and silver medals.
The Tan siblings easily defeated topseed, Mika Glud Guldbaek and Mai Ginge Jensen, 2-0 (218-205, 193-166) in the first of two semi-finals matches to advance to the title match. Pee and New also needed two games to beat second-seed, Grace Gella and Krizziah Matacula of hilippines in the best-of-3 semi-finals, 2-0 (236-149, 250-182) to face their compatriots in the final.
Daphne and Cherie easily took the first match 226-199 and then went on to edge Pee and New, 218-192 to win the gold, 2-0. The champion had to beat Birgit Norreiks and Laura Beuthner of Germany in the 9th and 10th frame roll-off to break the tie when both totaled 12 points each in the earlier Round 2 to take spot spot in Group 1 and make the semi-finals.
Pee and New had to endure a 9th and 10th frame tie-breaker when they tie with Hong Hae Ni and Jung Da Wun of Korea 12 points each. The Singapore pair beat the Germans 59-49 to win Group 1 and advance to the semi-finals.
Guldbaek and Jensen took maximum 15 points by winning all their matches to win Group 2 and made the semi-finals. Gella and Matacula beat a third Singapore pair of Charmaine Chang and Shayna Ng, 40-28 in another tie-breaker when both tie on 12 points a piece in Group 3 in Round 2.
The champion also needed a 9th and 10th frame roll-off to break the tie with Germany's Birgit Noreiks and Laura Beuthner and Korea's Ka Yun Mi and Son Hye Rin where the Singaporean edged their opponent, 39-37-37 to make the semis.
While Singapore swept the gold and silver medals in the women's division, Korea also swept the gold and silver medals in the Men's division..
Second-seed, Kim Kyung Min and Kim Dong Hyeon sailed past topseed, Won Jong Hyeok and Oh Byung Jun, 2-0 (244-235, 201-176) to win the gold medal in the Men's Doubles final. Kyung Min and Dong Hyeon defeated third-seed Muhd Syafiq Ridhwan and Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia, 2-0 (233-222, 238-207) in the second semi-final match..
Won Jong Hyeok and Oh Byung Jun ousted Singles gold and silver medallists, Darren Ong and Muhd Jaris Goh, 2-0 (237-205, 222-194) to set up the all-Singapore title match. Kyung Min and Dong Hyeon narrowly beat their compatriot, 244-235 in the first match..
The champion defeated Won and Oh, 201-176 to bag Korea's first gold medal at the championships and added a silver medal. Singapore and Malaysia settled for the braonze medal. Competition will shift to the Trios event, again contested in Bakers' format.
The men will be divided into two groups of four pools each. The top 2 finishers in each of the four pool will make up the 16 Trios for the next round before cutting the field to just the four semi-finalists.Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.
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Malaysia bags gold and silver medals in Singles
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