A Bronze medal for our girls

5th February, Perth: Jason Yeong Nathan and Lionel Lim were inches away from winning the first Gold in the 13th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championship but suffered a set back and dropped out of the podium.  The Malaysian pair of Esther Cheah and Zandra Aziela, who set a score of 2654 to beat in Squad A this morning, saw their hopes of a Gold medal dashed again. Two individual Gold medalist, Choi Jin-A and her partner, Hwang Sun-Ok of Korea relentlessly mounted their challenge to do better in Squad B from the word "Go".

The pair consistenly posted above-400 mark in all their 6 games bringing home lines of 475, 400, 427, 470, 483 and needing only 400 to overtake the Malaysians, Choi and Hwang posted an outstanding 477 to seal another victory with a total of 2732, 78 pins ahead.

Esther and Zandra again had to settle for the Silver medal while Singapore's stronger pair of Amanda Ng and Jazreel Tan hung on to third spot to take the Bronze medal with 2456.

In the boy's division, Singapore's Jason Yeong Nathan and Lionel Lim posted the highest game of the event with a 503 to surge to the front and looked set for the top of the podium but a disasterous final game saw them tumbling down and out of a medal.

Fortunately, the Korean pair brought home a decent 469 in their final game to clinch victory with 2678 as Kuwait's Rakan Alamri and Khaled Al Dubyyan mounted a late challenge to win the Silver medal with 2660.

Squad A leader, Sasaki Tomoyuki and Endo Makoto were pushed down to third with their 2654 and had to settle for the Bronze medal. Despite Jonathan Lim scoring the first perfect game of the championship, the Malaysian with Adrian Ang could only managed a fifth place finsih with 2607 behind the Singaporeans.

With three Gold medal in the bag, Choi Jin-A looked unbeatable as she leads the Individual All Events standings with 4107 after 18 games played. Malaysia's Esther Cheah is second with 3812 followed by Hwang Sun-Ok third with 3783.

Korea is also firmly on course for more Gold as Choi Bok-Eum heads the Boy's Individual All Events standings with 4156 ahead of two Japanese, Sasaki Tomoyuki and Kawada Shoji in second and third with 4054 and 3999 respectively.

Korea has now collected 5 Gold medals to lead the Medal tally. Malaysia is second with 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal with Singapore in third with 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal.

Detailed scores: Girl's Doubles Short | Boy's Doubles Short | Photo Album 2.

Photos courtesy of MTBC.