20th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships
Dream start for Singapore
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8th July, Hong Kong: Singapore had a dream start to their 20th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships campaign with a one-two finish as Arianne Tay of B Team and Fion Liew of A Team picked up the Girl's Singles gold and silver medals.

Liew got off the block with a brilliant 258 in her opening game to lead compatriot and Team B member, Althea Dang by 20 pins. Australia B Team's Lilly Wilson and 2019 World Juniors Singles bronze medallist, Grace Gella of Philippines registering good games of 233 and 224.

The leader added another superb 246 to stretch her lead over Japan's Rio Watanabe, who moved up to second after posting 216 and 236 in her first two games. Dang stumbled to a poor game to slip out of contention while a second Japanese, Erina Ishimoto took over third spot.

Liew continued to lead for the next three games with 216, 186 and 232. Tay posted a stunning 279 in the fifth game to take up second. Watanabe slipped second as another Japanese, Haru Suzuki moved quickly into third place.

Arianne Tay snatching the Girl's Singles gold medal in her last two games

Tay fired another scintillating 265 to snatch the win from Liew with a total of 1380. Liew gave Singapore a one-two finish when she settled for second with 1363. Suzuki ended strongly with 246 to clinch third position with 1339.

Arielle Tay missed the podium in a distant fourth with 1272, 67 pins adrift while Watanabe rounded out the top five with 1264.

The 15-year-old champion also captured the Singles gold medal at the 2019 World Juniors Championship in Paris. She also won the Team gold, a silver in the Singles and a bronze medal in the Doubles at last year's Asian School in Taichung, Taiwan.

The boys will take to the lanes for their opening Singlesd event after lane dressing. The top three with the highest pinfalls will win the gold, silver and bronze medals. Medals will be awarded in a ceremony following the end of the Boy's Singles.

Competition will resume with the Doubles tomorrow starting with the Boys in the morning and Girls in the afternoon. The Team of 4 will be contested over two blocks of three games each on July 10.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

Top 3 winners, Fion Liew, Arianne Tay and Haru Suzuki

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