Double victory for Singapore
10th July, Jakarta: Squad A leaders, Javier Tan and Joey Yeo gave Singapore a double victory after capturing the Boy’s and Girl’s Singles gold medals at the 14th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships on Monday.
42 boys took to the lanes for their singles event in the second squad which saw Singapore’s Marcus Leong setting the early pace with a superb 246 opening game followed by Saeh Salem Saleh of Kuwait in second.
A sizzling 267 from last year’s Masters silver medaist, Muhammad Aizudeen Mustaqim took the Malaysian youngster into the lead as Marcus slipped into second. Aizudeen continued to knock down 215, 246 and 196 in his next three games taking him closer to Squad A leader’s Javier Tan’s 1359.
With Aizudeen needing 228 or more in his final game, the leader choke big time managing a disasterous 143 and failing to topple Javier. His poor game also put him fourth behind the top 3 finishers in Squad A despite taking the second squad.
Javier Tan and Joel Tan gave Singapore a great start by capturing the gold and the silver medal while Korea’s Hwang Jun-Hurk took home the bronze medal and Aizudeen missed the podium by 7 pins.
Marcus too had a chance to win a medal but also ended his last game with 160 to finish sixth behind Abdulla Ahmed of Kuwait in fifth after the two squads were combined.
Meanwhile in the girl’s division, Melissa-Ann Fisher of Australia was leading the Singles second squad and needed 217 to topple Squad A leader, Joey Yeo of Singapore. The Aussie managed 173 and was lucky to take home the bronze medal with 1238.
Joey gave Singapore the double victory in the event after she topped the opening sdquad with 1281. Filipina, Madeline Mae Llamas, who finished second to the Singaporean, earned the silver medal.
Japan’s Mitsuki Okamoto, who fired 202, 236 and 204 in her second series in Squad B, missed the podium with 1232, just 6 pins from Fisher. Singapore’s Tracy See, who finished third in the second squad closed out the top 5 with 1222.
Competition will shift to the Doubles event again split into two squads which will commence only in the afternoon. The 4-player team event will be contested over two blocks of 3 games on July 12.
Detailed scores: Boy’s Singles Combined | Girl’s Singles Combined | Photo Album.Photos by Terence Yaw in Jakarta.