Singaporeans off to a slow start

13th August, Munich: Singaporeans got off to a slow start at the World Men's Championships 2010 at Dream Bowl Palace on Friday with Justin Lim Chun Liang finishing as best performer in 60th position. Mark Wong totaled 1150 to finish 29th in the opening Squad 1 as Ng Tiac Pin, who started off well but ended up in 37th position with 1127 as Korea's Cho Young-Seon topped the squad with 1324 ahead of Puerto Rico's Gabriel Sanchez and Finland's Petteri Salonen took second and third positions.

Japan's Fujii Nubuhito topped Squad 2 with 1347 to become the new leader, followed by Korea's Jang Dong-Chul claiming second spot just one pin adrift.

Justin Lim Chun Liang had an eratic scoreline of 229, 162, 223, 198, 170 and 196 for a total of 1178 which put him in 21st position in Squad 3. Jason Yeong-Nathan managed only 1142 to take up 30th.   Both Justin and Jason ended up 60th and 96th positions overall after the three squads were completed. Pasi Uotila of Finland shot the tournament's first perfect game en-route to topping the third squad as well as becoming the new overall leader with 1357.

Mexico's Ernesto Franco, who finished second to the Finn with 1353, also finished second overall pushing down Squad 2 leader, Fujii Nobuhito into third spot. Jang Dong-Chul also slipped down to fourth as a result.

Hopes now lies with Remy Ong and Basil Low who are drawn in the final Squad 5. Two more squads will be held on Saturday which will determine the top four making the cut for the knockout semi-finals and finals.   Detailed scores: Singles Squad 1 | Singles Squad 3 | Singles Combined. Photos by Terence Yaw in Munich.