26th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships
Singapore, Korea bags Doubles gold
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11th January, Hong Kong: Opening squad leader, Timothy Tham and Muhd Jaris Goh bagged Singapore's second gold medal in the Men's Doubles event of the 26th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships while Baek Seungja and Jung Dawun picked Korea's second gold in the Women's division.

Both Korea's first pair of Park Donghyuk and Park Geonha and Singapore's second pair of Timothy Tham and Muhd Jaris Goh got off to a cracking start to share the lead with 511 followed by the Thai pair of Supakrit Wantasuk and Annop Arromsaranon in second, just two pins adrift.

But Tham and Goh added a stronger 485 in their second game to firm up their lead as the Korean pair managed only 435 to fall behind the first Singapore pair of Mike Ong and Dareen Ong after they added 504 to their 486 opener.

Another superb 524 in the third game gave the leader a wider margin of 65 pins as Korea recovered with 509 in the third game to regain second spot. There was simply no stopping the leading Singapore pair after they rolled 508, 450 and 513 to seal top spot of the squad with 2991.

Men's Doubles champion, Muhd Jaris Goh and Timothy Tham

Korea settled for second with 2918, 73 pins away while the other Singapore pair finished third with 2868. Singles silver medallist, Muhd Rafiq Ismail and Syafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia ended up in fourth with 2863. In the second squad, Malaysia's Syazirol Shamsudin and second perfect gamer, Tun Hakim led from start to finish but fell short by 24 pins to topple Squad 1 leader, Tham and Goh. They totaled 2967 to beat Korea by 49 pins to claim the silver medal.

Malaysia's third pair of Singles bronze medallist, Ahmad Muaz and Timmy Tan, who was in contention for a medal managed only 457 in their final game to miss out on the podium in fourth overall with 2906. The first Singapore pair of Mike Ong and Darren Ong dropped down to sixth.

In the women's division, Cherie Tan, who topped the first squad with 1525 remained unchallenged to win the first gold medal for Singapore. Malaysia's Natasha Roslan, who trailed the Singaporean lefty most of the way, took the silver medal with 1476.

Korea's Hwang Yeonju took home the bronze medal with 1459. In the women's second squad, a second Malaysian, Nora Lyana Nastasia took an early lead but was soon overtaken by Singapore's Shayna Ng. Ng and Nastasia were the only two who could beat Roslan and Hwang for the medals with their strong pace.

But Nastasia fizzled off while Ng, who only needed a strike in her final frame of the last game to snatch the silver, threw a gutter ball and despite sparing it, ended up only in fourth overall with 1457 and missing the podium by two pins.

The competition will shift to the Doubles event tomorrow, again divided into two squads. The medal ceremony for the Singles will be held after the end of the Doubles.

Baek Seungja and Jung Dawun winning Korea's second gold medal

The third pair of Daphne Tan and Singles gold medallist, Cherie Tan missed the podium by 21 pins to settle for fourth position with 2797. The first Korean pair of Kim Jinju and Kim Hyun Mi, who was third in the first squad, dropped down to seventh overall. Competition will shift to the Trios event tomorrow divided into two squads with the first block of 3 games. They will complete the second block of 3 games on January 13.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

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