A good effort by Singapore youngster

1st December, Macau: Justin Lim Chia Loong put in a good effort despite managing only a seventh-place finish in the Men's Singles event 22nd Asian Intercity Bowling Championship underway at Macau Bowling Center on Monday afternoon. If not for the slow start by Justin Lim Chia Loong in his first three games, he would have been in the top three and good for a medal. Justin opened accounts with 185, 179 and 181. But after settling down, the Singaporean youngster reeled in 234, 279 and 222 for a total of 1280.

His late charge only managed to give him a fourth-place finish in Squad A. Uiwang's Kong Byoung-Hee topped the squad with 1364 from Pohang's Lee Dong-Hee and Daegu's Kim Young-Pyo third. Singapore's Willie Quek ended in 25th position with 1122.

"I was very nervous in the begining since this is my first official championship outside Singapore," said the 15-year-old Anglo-Chinese School Independent, who had won last year's Primary Schools championship All Events gold medal.   "My coach (William) told me to relax and I managed to settle down thereafter to fight back with three good games. I should do better in the next event now that I feel much relaxed.

In Squad B, Justin Lim Chun Liang and Christopher Hwang struggled to find their footing to end their Singles campaign in 23rd and 28th positions. Daegu's Choi Moung-Gu led from game two onwards but his lead was snatched by his team-mate, Lee Tae-Ju in the final game.

Lee led squad B but his score of 1302 was only good enough to snatch third spot overall to win the bronze medal. Kong retained pole and clinched his first gold medal after three previous attempts. Pohang's Lee Dong-Hee took home the silver medal.   Detailed scores: Men's Singles Combined. Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau.