17th May, Hanoi: Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang and Hardy Rachmadian successfully defended the Men's Doubles title on Day 2 of the 31st SEA Games Vietnam 2021 while Singles Gold medallist, Cherie Tan claimed her second gold for Singapore with New Hui Fen.
Ivan Malig and Patrick Nuqui of Philippines, surprised the strong field with a scintillating 501 in their opening game to lead fellow teammates, Christian Dychangco and Men's Singles gold medallist, Merwin Tan in second with 472.
Lalisang and Rachmadian did well to take up third spot with 459 ahead of Singapore's second pair of Darren Ong and Cheah Ray Han in fourth and the second Indonesian pair in fifth.
Dychangco and Tan rolled 476 in the second game to share the lead with Malig and Nuqui on 948. Ong and Cheah moved up to second ahead of the Indonesian pair. Malig and Nuqui regained the lead as their teammates suffered a poor game in the third.
Malaysia's Shahkruh Amin Zulkifli and Mohd Hafiz Zainuddin moved into second spot pushing the Singaporean pair into third. The Filipinos kept their lead after the fourth game as others were unable to make good headway.
But by the fifth game, both Philippines pairs fell out of contention with poor games. Lalisang and Rachmadian took the opportunity to move into the lead with a strong 483. Thailand's Annop Arromsaranon pairing with Singles silver medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat also had a strong game of 478 to storm into second spot.
It all came down to the sixth and final game. The Indonesian pair finished off with 452 to win their first gold of the competition with 2642. Timothy Tham and Muhd Jaris Goh fired 481 and 444 in their last two games to snatch the silver medal with 2592.
Ong and Cheah rounded off a good day for Singapore by claiming the bronze medal with 2551. Thailand missed out with a fourth place finish on 2520. Malig and Nuqui ended a disappointing fifth position with 2497.
In the women's division, there was really no real challenge coming from any of the other five nations as Singles gold and bronze medallist, Cherie Tan and New Hui Fen ran away a comfortable and convincing victory with 2767 total.
Sharon Limansantoso and Tannya Roumimper, who were third before the sixth and final game, gave Indonesia the silver with 2478, but a massive 296 pins behind the champion. Malaysia's Gillian Lim and Nur Syazwani Sahar settled for the bronze medal with 2471, six pins adrift the Indonesian pair.
Singapore's other pair of Bernice Lim and Daphne Tan, who were at one stage in contention, missed out on the podium with 2373 finishing fourth while the secomd Indonesian pair of Shinta Ceysaria and Putty Armein completed the top five with 2362.
Mr Jerry Sambuaga, President of Indonesian Bowling Federation and Mr Nguyen Van Cu, Chairman of Vietnam Bowling Federation were on hand to present the medals and mascots to the winners.
The men will start off the third and final event of the bowling competition with the Team of Four first block of three games in the morning while the women to contest theirs in the afternoon. The second block of three games scheduled for May 19 will conclude the bowling competition of the 31st edition of the games.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hanoi, Vietnam.