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, the first Singapore pair of Bernice Lim and Jazreel Tan topped the opening squad with 2818 followed by Korea's first pair of Kim Jinju and Kim Hyun Mi in second with 2751. Malaysia's second pair of Gillian Lim and Nora Lyana Nastasia finished third with 2727.

Korea's third pair of Baek Seungja and Jung Dawun took an early lead at the start of the second squad with a sizzling 523 and despite managing 425 in their second game, they were only trailing Squad 1 leader by 17 pins.

With a moderate 466 in the third by the Korean pair, they had already overtaken the Singapore Squad 1 leader by 52 pins. The second Singapore pair of Shayna Ng and New Hui Fen, who was trailing Korea, also surpassed their compatriots by 20 pins at this stage.

Baek and Jung then went on to end the squad with 512, 498 and 479 sealing the gold medal with 2903. Ng and New were unable to keep pace with the Koreans but picked up the silver medal with 2828. Lim and Tan settled for the bronze medal with 2818.

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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