Malaysia steals limelight on Day 1
10th July, Hong Kong: Malaysian youths stole the limelight at the end of Day 1 of the 10th Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship as Squad A leader, Zaid Izlan B Ibrahim Hakimi and Muhd Nur Aiman finished 1-2 to capture the Boy's Gold and Silver medal. With Zaid Izlan setting the benchmark of 1337 topping Squad A of the Boy's Singles, Korea's Choi Tae-Seung could not match the hot pace to finish second overall with 1296 after topping Squad B. WHen the third and finals Squad C took to the lanes, it was again Malaysia's Jonathan Chan Tiang Sheng moving into the lead after the opening game.
Jonathan Chan quicky established a 13 pin lead after the second game and stretched it further to 26 pins at the halfway mark followed by Hong Kong's Derek Lee Tak Man and teammater, Muhd Nur Aiman hot on his heels in second and third.
Muhd Nur Aiman grabbed the lead after a scintillating 276 in the fourth game and building up a 51 pin margin over teammate, Jonathan while Derek Lee maintain third spot. Aiman brought home 209 and 208 to end the squad in the lead with 1297 and snatch the silver by 1 pin.
Zaid Izlan's 1337 was more than enough to seal the gold medal ahead of Muhd Nur Aiman for the silver, who finish 1-2 for Malaysia while Choi Tae-Sueng settled for the bronze medal with 1296. Despite finishing second in squad C, Jonathan Chan ended up in 10th.
In the girl's division, Squad A leader, Anne Marjorie of the Philippines won the gold medal with 1291 total. Malaysia's Sin Li Jane, who led from start to finish in Squad C on 1277, settled for her first individual winning the Silver after competing in three Asian Schools championship. The Malaysian had won the Team gold in Jakarta in 2005.
Korea's Shin Bo-Hyun, who finished second to Reyes in Squad A, dropped to third to take home the bronze medal with 1265 while Squad B leader, Bernice Lim Hui Ying of Singapore was unlucky finishing fourth on 1252.
Pace-setter and second in Squad B, New Hui Fen ended up in 7th with other Singapore schools girls, Tay Hui Erh 13th, Edlyn Kwok You Jing 17th, Clara Lau Ji Min 24th, Clara Lim Peck Khee 25th, Ann Tay Xin Yi 29th and Fok Ka Wai 30th out of 58 girls.
Singapore's best performer in the boy's division was Loh Xian Yan in 11th averaging 203.33 with Gerald Yeo Shi Bin in 19th, Stanley Ong Weiqin 22nd, Justin Lim Chun Liang 28th, Leonard Leong Ming Hon 32nd, Ang Weixiang 36th, Gregory Gan Sheng Chiang 48th and Nicolas Lee Weiguang 66th out of 82 boys.
Detailed scores: Boy's Singles Combined | Girl's Singles Combined | Photo Album.
Photos by Terence Yaw for HKTBC.