Singapore misses the poduim

2nd December, Macau: Singapore's best performing pair of Darshini Krishna and Genevieve Gan Hu Ying missed the podium of the Women's Doubles event of the 22nd Asian Intercity Tenpin Bowling Championship with a fourth place finish on Tuesday. Debutant, Genevieve Gan did not have the best of start managing a lowly 163 but her partner, Darshini Krishna did well to cover Gan with 224 putting the pair fifth as Happy Valley's Carmen Tang and Lai Kin Ngoh took the early lead.

A good recovery of 403 moved the Singapore pair into the lead to tie with Daegu City's Choi Da Som and Sin Hae Young, just 1 pin ahead of the home team, Macau-Taipa. Darshini and Gan could not keep the hot pace allowing Daegu to take over the lead halfway through.

Singles gold medalist, Liza Clutario, who had a disasterous first four games ade a remarkable recovery to surge into the lead after she shot 213 and her partner, Cecilia Yap downed 234 in the fifth game. Another superb 502 in their final effort brought Paranaque their second gold medal. Yap posted 1388 with Clutario shooting 1087 and giving the Filipina pair a total of 2475 to emerge the champion.

Gan and Darshini missed the podium they they fizzled off to fourth position, 110 pins behind third-placed Pasay City clinching the bronze medal. Daegu settled for the silver with 2375. The other Singapore pair of Denise Chan and New Hui Fen managed a fifth place finish. In the men's division, Justin Lim Chia Loong and Justin Lim Chun Liang never got into their strides to end up 16th in Squad A of the Doubles event. Defending Masters champion, Kim Young Pyo shot the tournament's first perfect game en-route to leading the squad with partner, Lee Tae Ju.

Chirstopher Hwang and Willia Quek bowled in the second squad and made little impression ended up much better than their teammates but in fifth spot. Tamuning's Brian Manibusan and John John Ada toped the squad but fell short by 47 pins to topple Squad A leader, Daegu.

Lee and Kim captured Daegu's first gold medal with Tamuning settling for the silver medal with 2613. Hong Kong's Michael Tsang and Ken Lin, who was second in the first squad was relegated to third to win the bronze medal with 2627.  The other Daegu pair of Shin Sung Hoon and Kim Jong Hyun just the posium by just 14 pins to take fourth spot with 2613. Hwang and Quek dropped to 13th overall while Chun Loong and Chia Liang ended up in 26th.

After two events and 12 games contested, New Hui Fen is well placed in fourth in the Women's All Events table with 2319. Paranaque's Cecilia Yap leads with 2551 from Daegu's Sin Hae Young and Liza Clutario second and third.

Darshini Krishna is also well placed in seventh and Denise Chan tenth. Genevieve Gan is 18th and will need to move up into the top 16 who will make the cut for the Masters finals with another six games in the Team of Five event tomorrow. The competition is the men's division is keener with perfect gamer, Kim Yougn Pyo leading with 2748 from Brian Manibusan in second and Michael Tsang third. Justin Lim Chia Loong is the best performer so far in 22nd position.

Other three will need massive scores in the Team event to stand a chance of making the top 16 cut. Competition resumes tomorrow with the Team of Five event which will be played over two blocks of three games each.

Detailed scores: Women's Doubles | Men's Doubles. Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau.