Malaysia turns table on Korea

7th February, Perth: Malaysia finally turned the table on Korea as the Girl's took their first Gold medal in the Team of 4 over Long oil pattern in the 13th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championship while Korean triumphed in the boy's division. Zandra Aziela, Zatil Iman, Siti Safiyah and Esther Cheah of Malaysia took to the lanes with a vengence this morning setting a cracking pace of 923 in the first game for a 63 pin lead thanks to a strong game by Zatil Iman on 278.

Four Gold medalist, Choi Jin-A then led her teammates, Hwang Sun-Ok, Gang Hye-Eun and Lee Su-Jeong to post a high of 981 to take over the lead after the second game by 54 pins. The Koreans suffered a set back to only manage 774 in the third game while the Malaysian quartet brought home another strong game of 907 to regain the lead by 79 pins.

Malaysia fought on galantly with 851 in the final game to finally overcome the Koreans and bagged their first Gold on a total of 3545 while the Koreans could only manage 792 to settle for the Silver on 3407 with Japan third on 3356.  Korea were able to end another good day when Choi Bok-Eum, Han Jae-Ho, Moo Jun-Ho and Chong Seung-Wan ended the 4-game Team of 4 Long Oil event with 3462 to win their seventh Gold medal. Japan set the pace in the early stages but had to give up their lead when the Korean quartet posted a strong 900 in the third game.

Sasaki Tomoyuki, Ikeda Daiki, Endo Makoto and Kawada Shoji settled for the Silver medal with 3305 while Malaysia's Aaron Kong, Jonathan Lim, Adrian Ang and Zulmazran Zulkifli came home third with 3252 for the Bronze medal.

Singapore girl's team missed the medal finishing fourth behind the Japanese and boys ran out of steam finishing a dismal ninth.  Choi Jin-A of Korea continue to lead the Girl's Individual All Events with a hefty margin of 485 while Choi Bok-Eum only has a 105 pin lead over Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia in the boy's division.

Korea is way in front in the Medal tally with 7 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal followed by Malaysia in second with 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Hong Kong is third with just 1 Gold medal.

The Team of 4 on Short Oil condition will end the championship tomorrow (8th February) with four more Gold medals at stake from the Individual All Events and Team All Events for both divisions.

Detailed scores: Girl's Team of 4 Long | Boy's Team of Long | Girl's Individual AE | Boy's Individual AE. Photos courtesy of MTBC.