9th July, Hong Kong: Bader Al Sada and Nasser Al Mansouri led from start to finish to give Qatar its first gold medal at the 20th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championship with a convincing victory in the Boy's Doubles.
Al Sada scorched the lanes at SCAA Bowling Centre with a stunning 279 in his opening game as his partner, Al Mansouri added a 256 to give the first Qatari pair a total of 535. Singles gold and bronze medallists, Hideaki Hata and Naoto of Japan rolled 517 totake up second, 18 pins adrift.
The Qatari pair continued their relentless pace reeling in 497 and 486 in their next two games to extend their lead to 131 pins at the helfway mark. Hong Kong B Team's second pair of Wilson Chan and Derick Yau moved into second spot, 16 pins ahead of Hong Kong A Team's first pair of Alex Yu and Keith Mark.
Japan slipped down to fourth after managing only 425 and 408 in games 2 and 3. Al Mansouri rolled the championship's first 300 in the fourth game and with Al Sada adding 222, Qatar stretched their lead even further to 186 pins.
The two Hong Kong pairs continued to trail the leader in second and third while Japan remained in fourth. Qatar ended with 447 and 428 to take the convincing victory with 2915. Yu and Mark ended with 448 and 450 to seal second spot with 2729.
Japan bounced back with 500 in the fifth and 430 in their final game to clinch third spot with 2709 while Chan and Yau fizzled off with 437 and 398 to miss out on the podium with 2689. Singapore A Team's second pair of Isaac Lai and Dylan Teoh completed the top five with 2618.
After two events, Singles gold medallist, Hata led the All-Events standings with 2800 from 12 games contested. Al Mansouri moved into second spot with 2755 while Kanno was placed third with 2724. The girls will contest their Doubles event after lane dressing later today.
Competition will shift to the Team of Four tomorrow over two blocks on three games each. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on their All-Events standings (18 games) will qualify for the Masters finals on July 11 and 12.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.