8th February, Perth: Qatar ended the 13th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championship on a high as the boys triumphed in the Team of 4 over Short Oil while Korean girls snatched the Gold from Chinese Taipei in the final game.
All efforts were not lost as Mohammad Al Mannai, Hamad Al Mosalim, Salem Al Marzooki and Fahad Al Emadi hung on to take victory in the Boy's Team of 4 over Short Oil with a total of 3517 on the final day of the championship.
The Qatari held a 5-pin lead going into the fourth and final game and needed 840 or more to assure themselves of a chance to winning the Gold medal which the quartet duly oblidge. Malaysia made a late challenge with a superb 886 in the final game to pip Kuwait for the Silver medal with 3462, 55 pins adrift.
Kuwait settled for the Bronze medal with a total of 3431, a further 31 pins away. The most unluckiest team was the host nation, Australia finishing fourth with 3331. The favorites, Korea failed to make any impression to finish fifth with 3328.
In the girl's division, Chinese Taipei set a strong pace to take a 65-pin lead at the start of the team event. Wang Ting-Wen, Chen Kuan-Ting, Hsiao Ju-Fang and Wang Ya-Ting continued to lead until the third game with a 63-pin going into the final game.
But the Korea's Choi Jin-A, Kwang Sun-Ok, Gang Hye-Eun and Lee Su-Jeong stormed home with a final game of 900 to snatch the victory and the Gold medal from the Taiwanese with a total of 3300.
Chinese Taipei settled for the Silver medal with 3237, 63 pins adrift while Japan took home another Bronze medal with 3234. Australia was again unlucky to finish fourth after being third before the final game. Long Oil Team Gold medalist, Malaysia finished a dismal fifth.
Korea's Choi Jin-A added two more Gold medal by winning the Girl's Individual All Events and the Team All Events. Choi amassed a total of 7405 over 32 games for a hugh 518 margin ahead of Malaysia's Esther Cheah, who took the Silver with 6887. Singapore's Jazreel Tan finished third for the Bronze with 6691.
Choi Bok-Eum also bagged the Boy's Individual All Events Gold medal with 7300 followed by Malaysia's Zulmazran Zulkifli in second for the Silver medal with 7145. Japan's Sasaki Tomoyuki settled for the Bronze medal with 7037.
Malaysia won their final Gold medal in the Boy's Team All Events which combined all the four bowlers' scores in as many events played. Their score of 27228 was 80 pins more than the Japanese, who took the Silver with 27148. Korea claimed the Bronze with 26593.
Korea bagged their 11th Gold medal of the championship with victory in the Team All Events while Malaysia and Singapore settled for the Silver and Bronze medals.
The 13th edition of the Asian Youth which saw the mighty Koreans dominating returned with a 11-2-2 medal haul. Malaysia finished second with 3-8-2 while Hong Kong and Qatar were the only other country to win a Gold medal each.