5th December, Manila: Ryan Lalisang and Aldila Indryati won a third gold medal for Indonesia with victory in the Mixed Doubles event of the 2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships while Squad A leader, Sharon Limansantoso and Hardy Rachmadian added a bronze.
Limansantoso and Rachmadian had earlier topped the Mixed Doubles opening squad with 2557 ahead of Singles bronze medallist, Cheah Ray Han and Singles gold medallist, New Hui Fen of Singapore by 15 pins. Singapore's second pair of Daphne Tan and Basil Dill Ng finished third with 2540.
The third pair of Alex Chong and 2019 World Women's Championships Masters gold medallist, Cherie Tan set a cracking pace in the second squad with 509 to lead the third Malaysian pair of Siti Safiyah Amirah and Ahmad Muaz by 26 pins.
Amirah and Muaz took over the running after they added 447 to their 483 opener as Singapore slipped down to second with 385. Thailand's Yanee Saebe and Yannaphon Larpapharat shared third spot with Lalisang and Indryati on 876 each.
The Indonesian pair shot a sizzling 520 to move into the lead 15 pins ahead of the Malaysian pair as Singapore continued to slide down after another lack-luster 390. But Amirah and Muaz fought back with 505 in the fourth game to regain the lead.
Lalisang and Indryati managed only 399 to slip 91 pins behind Malaysia. Singapore recovered with 471 to stay behind Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia kept their lead after the fifth game with 407 while Indonesia bounced back with 478 to reduce the gap to just 20 pins.
Both Malaysia and Indonesia needed less than 300 pins in their final game to overhaul Squad A leader and had assured themselves a medal. Ironically, they were drawn on the same pair of lanes in the last game to battle for the gold.
Indonesia appeared to have the upper hand as they went into the ninth and tenth frames. And the advantage was leaning towards Lalisang and Indryati as they went on to clinch the gold medal with 434 and a total of 2698. Amirah and Muaz managed only 388 in their final game to settle for the silver medal with 2672.
Thailand finished third with 2528 but fell short by 29 pins to topple Squad A leader of Limansantoso and Rachmadian. The second Indonesian pair held on to third adding a bronze medal for Indonesia.
The first Singapore pair of Cheah and New, who was second in Squad A, missed the podium by 15 pins to end up in fourth with 2542 while the other Singapore pair of Tan and Ng rounded out the top five.
Indonesia leads the medal standings with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. Singapore and Malaysia tie in second with 1, gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals each. Senator Vicente Satto III, Philippines Senate President, Dato' Dr P.S. Nathan, President of Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress and Mr Sompan Charumilinaa, President of Thai Tenpin Bowling Association were on hand to present the medals to the winners.
Competition will shift to the Team of Four which will be contested over two blocks of three games each tomorrow morning and afternoon. The top 16 men and top 16 women in the All-Events standings will qualify for the Masters finals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.