10th November, Petaling Jaya: Four-time AMF World Cup winner, Paeng Nepomuceno of Philippines, Hairon Bin Awang of Singapore and Japanese women won the Singles Gold medals in the opening event of the 16th Asian Senior Bowling Championships 2022 on Wednesday.
The mulltiple world-wide "Bowler of the Year" award winner, showed the spark he displayed throughout his illustrios career spanning almost three decades reeling in 199, 192, 201, 193, 248 and 231 without handicap to win the Men's Grand Senior (65+) Singles gold on a total of 1264.
Akira Nakada of Japan, who trailed the Filipino all the way, settled for the silver medal with 1238 while Jin Headong of Korea and Raymond Leung Wai Mun of Hong Kong took home a bronze medal each with totals of 1223.
Nepomuceno had topped the opening squad of the 65+ division earlier. Robert Lapin of the Philippines, who topped the second squad with 1189, missed the podium finishing fifth. Honami Yanagawa gave Japan its second gold medal of the championships after she captured the Women's Grand Senior (65+) singles event with 1128.
Japanese women dominated by winning the silver and bronze medals. Atsuko Oku and Tomoko Yoshikawa totaled 1115 and 1102 respectively. Chieko Ito, also from Japan, finished fourth with 1090 while the best non-Japanese was Sylvia Lagman, who finished fifth with 1076.
Mr Steve Robles, Vice President of Asian Senior Bowling Council and Asian Bowling Federation Exco Member was on hand to present medals to the Senior Grand division winners and Mr William Chua, SBF Council Member and Mr Melvin Fones, Executive Director of Singapore Bowling Federation gave away medals to the Senior division winners.
Competition will shift to the Doubles on November 11 with the Men's Grand Senior 65+, Women's Senior 50+ and the Women's Grand Senior 65+ taking to the lanes in the morning and afternoon in two squads and the Men's Senior (50+) late evening.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya.
Simple ceremony marks opening of Asian Senior