Chinese Taipei denies Korea a grand double

11th July, Hong Kong: Chinese Taipei's Chang Hao-Hsuan and Chang Wei-Fen denied Korea a grand double by snatching the Boy's Doubles gold medal in the 10th Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship by 4 pins while Kim Mun-Jeong and Lee Mi-Ryeong triumphed in the Girl's Doubles.

Before the final Squad C of the doubles event commenced, Korea looked set for a grand double when they led the girl's and boy's doubles after two squads were played. The pairs of Kim Mun Jeong-Lee Mi Ryeong and Kang Se Young-Lee Na Hyun finished 1-2 in Squad A and Shin Bo Hyun-Kim Sol-Ji led Squad B in the girl's division.

Shin Seung-Hyeon and Choi Tae-Seung powered their way to the front of the boy's division from Indonesia's pair of David Candra and Marco Putra putting the Koreans firmly in the box seat to bag both the gold medals.

The Chang brothers set the lanes ablazed reeling off 470, 434, 408, 422, 397 and 428 to pip Korea by 4 pins to clinch the gold medal with 2559, pushing Shin and Choi into second on 2555. The Indonesian pair took the bronze medal with 2534.

Filipino pair of Collins Jose and Jomar Roland Jumapao finished strongly but miss the medal in fourth with 2454 followed by Squad A leader, Lee Hae-Won and Kim Geo-Sung into fifth spot on 2410. Marco Putra's 1309 in the doubles event pushed him into the lead of the All Event standing on 2594.

Choi Tae-Seung finished second with 2585 ahead of Jumapao third with 2540. Singles gold medalist, Zaid Izlan of Malaysia dropped to fourth with Chang Wei-Fen making up the top 5.

However, Korea won their first gold medal when the score of 2571 by Kim Mun-Jeong and Lee Mi-Ryeong remained the highest at the end of the three squads completed. Chinese Taipei celebrate a fruitful day after Wang Ting-Wen and Chen Kuan-Ting finished second to win the silver medal with 2397.

Kang Se-Young and Lee Na-Hyun was denied a 1-2 finish to end up in third with 2392 settling for the bronze medal, just 5 pins adrift the Taiwanese pair. Squad B leader, Shin Bo-Hyun and Kim Sol-Ji missed the medal in fourth with 2382.

Shin Bo-Hyun topped the All Events table with 2508 followed by Wang Ting-Wen in second with 2502 and Singles gold medalist, Anne Majorie Reyes third on 2463. Malaysia topped the medal tally with 1 gold and 2 silver followed by Korea in second with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

The team of 5 will be contested in the next two days over two blocks of 3 games each. The top 16 finishers in the All Events after 3 events (total 18 games) from both the divisions, will make the cut for the Masters Finals to be played on 14th and 15th July.

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

Photos by Terence Yaw for HKTBC.