23rd October, Kuwait: Timmy Tan ended his sixth and final game in the Men's Singles second squad with the championship's third perfect game to win Malaysia's second gold medal at the 25th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships on Wednesday.
Chinese Taipei's Chen Chien-Ju got off to a cracking pace with 289 in his opening game to lead 2016 Asian Championships Trios silver medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand by 11 pins. Tan, who won the 2016 Asian Championships Singles gold medal, also started off well with 267 to take up third spot.
Others starting off with big games were Korea's Asian Games multiple gold medallist, Choi Bokeum with 266, Japan' Yuma Hraguchi with 256 and Malaysia's Syafiq Ridhwan with 254. Tan added another sizzling 276 in the second game to immediately move into the lead.
Choi moved into second spot with 235 while Yannaphon slipped down to third after managing only 213. A second Korean, Kim Kyungmin posted back-to-back 244 to take up third with 2017 World Championships All Events gold medallist, Wu Hao-Ming of Chinese Taipei occupying fourth spot.
The left-handed Korean rolled 255 to take over the running when Tan stumbled to a lowly 204 but the 27-year-old Malaysian bounced back with 255 in the fourth game to regain his lead. 2018 World Men's Championships Doubles gold medallist, Tun Hakim leapfrog into second after shooting back-to-back 265.
Choi, who slipped behind Hakim after knocking down 220 in his fourth game, fought back with 256 in the fifth game to regain second spot as Tan remained in the lead with 254 in hsi fifth game. Tan needed 268 or more to beat Dhruv Sarda, who topped the first squad with 1524, for the gold medal.
Tan not only did that but to top it all, fired the championships' third 300 in his sixth and final game to snatch the gold medal with 1556 and successfully defended the title he won in 2016 in Hong Kong.
Choi also ended with a big game of 271 but finished fifth with 1503. Sarda settled for the silver medal while Shusaku Asato, who was second in Squad 1, survived with 1522 to pick up the bronze medal. Hafiz was knocked off the podium by his countrymen to end up in fourth position.
Tan's victory gave Malaysia its second straight gold medal in the championships thus far. The Women's Doubles event will follow after medal presentation of the Men's Singles and lane maintenance.
Ms Suwalai Satrulee, ABF Vice President and Mr Winston Chan, ABF Honorary Auditor presented the medals and bouquet to the Men's Singles winners. The men will resume competition with their Doubles, divided into two squads all being contested tomorrow morning and afternoon.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.