Clean sweep by Korea

13th July, Hong Kong: Korea made a clean sweep of the Team and All Events as the Boy's Team 1 captured gold medal and the Girl's Team 2 emerged champion on Day 4 of the 10th Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship.

Doubles silver medalist, Shin Seung-Hyeon led teammates, Lee Hae-Won, Choi Tae-Seung and Kim Geo-Sung into the second block of the Team of 4 event with a 44 pins margin and immediately display their supremacy with a 864 opening game to stretch their lead to 106 pins.

The leader remained cool chalking up another high game of 845 despite a mounting challenge from Philippines, who made an effort to narrow the gap with a scintillating 927 in the fifth game. It was merely a formality as the Korean quartet cruised to a comfortable victory on a total of 5163 and 159 pins ahead of their nearest opponent.

Filipinos, Kenneth Chua, Vincent Mar Reyes, Collins Jose and achored by the pint-sized, Jomar Roland Jumapao was contented with the silver medal with a total of 5004. Malaysia's 2 team clinched the bronze medal with 4795, just 18 pins ahead of Korea Team 2.


The Korean Team 1 boys winning their first gold medal

Debutants, Syimir Abdul Razak, Muhammad Ozir B Zuri, Jonathan Chan and Mohammed Aziem B Azemi did well to finish third after dropping to fourth before the final game. Malaysia's stronger team only managed a fifth place finish with 4649.

Shin Seung-Hyeon also secured the Boy's All Events gold medal with a superb 1374 in the team event giving him an 18-game total of 3881, 45 pins ahead of Jomar Roland Jumapao. The Filipino amassed 3836 to pip Choi Tae-Seung of Korea 1 for the silver by 4 pins.

Choi, who won the singles bronze and the team gold, added a second bronze medal with 3832 for his debut at the Asian Schools championship. Doubles gold medalist, Chang Wei-Fen missed out in fourth with 3798 followed by singles silver medalist, Muhd Nur Aiman of Malaysia in fifth.

Meanwhile, Korea bagged two addition gold medals after the girls completed their second block earlier in the morning. First block leader and Korea Team 2, Shin Bo-Hyun, Kang Se-Young, Kim Sol-Ji and Lee Na-Hyun secured the Team gold medal with 4876, 80 pins ahead of Korea Team 1.

Kim Mun-Jeong, Kim Ju-Yeon, Kim Su-Ryang settled for the silver medal after trailing their compatriots, with 4796. Malaysia's Team 1 settled for the bronze medal with 4686. Zatil Iman, Wan Nur Atiqqa, Sin Li Jane and Noorhanizah Abu Bakar finished 101 pins adrift Korea Team 1.

Singapore's Team 1 of Bernice Lim Hui Ying, Tay Hui Erh, Fok Ka Wai and Clara Lau Ji Min only managed a fourth place finish on a total of 4523.

Two bronze medalist, Shin Bo-Hyun finally won her first gold medal after she totaled 3684 in the All Events, just 15 pins ahead of Bernice Lim. Lim won Singapore's first medal in the competition after sharing the silver medal with Lee Na-Hyun of Korea Team 2 on 3669.

Korea, competing in the championship for the first time, leads the overall medal tally with 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Korea had an additional gold and 2 bronze medals but does not contribute to the overall tally as stated in the rules of the competition.

Malaysia is second with 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal while Philippines is third with 1 gold and 2 silver medals. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls in the All Events table qualified for the Masters finals which will be contested over two days in 8-game blocks on 14th and 15th July.

Detailed scores: Boy's Team 2ndBlk | Girl's Tema 2ndBlk | Photo Album.

Photos by Terence Yaw for HKTBC.