9th October, Kuwait: Darren Ong and Muhd Jaris Goh won the Men's Singles gold and silver medals at the 2023 IBF World Bowling Championships in the all-Singapore finals on Monday.
Second seed, Darren Ong defeated topseed and team-mate, Muhd Jaris Goh, 2-0 in the all-Singapore final match to win his first-ever gold medal at a World Championship. Ong edged Jaris Goh, 184-179 in the first game of the best-of-3 title match.
And when Jaris Goh struggled big time in the second game while Ong brought home a clean game to win the second match, 208-164 to win the tie and the gold medal. Ong had earlier defeated third-seed, Tobias Boerding of Germany, 2-1 (208-222, 224-173 and 225-213) in the first semi-finals to face his team-mate.
Jaris Goh ousted fourth-seed Ghanim Aboujassoum of Qatar, 2-0 (211-204, 248, 242) in the other semi-final match to face Ong in the final. The champion had made the semi-finals after topping Group 4 of Round 2 finals with four wins and 12 points.
Jaris Goh also topped Group 3 with four wins and 12 points to advance to the semis. Boerding won the three-way 9th and 10th frame tie-breaker against Muhd Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia and Austyn Ducharme of Canada to finish top of Group 2 after all scored 9 points a piece in their Round 2.
There was another three-way 9th and 10th frame tie-breaker in which Aboujassoum won by beating Darren Alexander of Canada and Abdulrahman Alkheliwi of Saudi Arabia when the trio tied on 9 points, to make the semi-finals.
Ong and Jaris Goh made a historical milestone for Singapore by winning the gold and silver medals in the opening event. Newly re-elected President of IBF, Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah was on hand to present the medals to the winners.
Competition will now shift to the Doubles, played in Bakers' format. The men will be divided into three groups and sub-group of four pools of six pairs. The top 2 with the highest points scored from head-to-head round-robin matches will advance to the next round.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.
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