RP bowlers win gold in men's trios By Emil C. Noguera



    Republished courtesy of Manila Times - Philippines (July 10, 2008)

    2008AsCFrederickOngChesterKingRaoulMiranda.jpg The Philippines won the men's trios gold medal in record fashion Wednesday in the 2008 Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Hong Kong Bowling City lanes.

    Chester King
    , Raoul Miranda and Frederick Ong worked hand in hand to accumulate an impressive 4,193 pinfalls (638, 684, 674, 711, 780 and 706) which erased the former Asian record of 3,932 registered by Japan in Indonesia six years ago.

    Malaysians Aaron Kong, Mohd Nur Aiman and Adrian Ang amassed 3,917 (702, 680, 615, 633, 696 and 591) to settle for silver while Singaporeans Eugene Low, Jason Yeong Nathan and Shaun Ng rolled 3,898 (637, 601, 630, 689, 638 and 703) to capture the bronze.

    "We really didn't expect to come up with these huge numbers. I'm happy that we finally won a gold for our country," said Miranda who earlier bagged a bronze medal in men's singles event.

    The Philippines now has a gold and a bronze for third in medal standing behind South Korea with five golds, four silvers and two bronzes and Malaysia with one gold and three silvers.

    Hong Kong is at fourth with one gold followed by Qatar with one silver, Singapore with two bronzes while China, Chinese Taipei and Japan has one bronze each.

    "Chester is very happy with the way he played today. He considers this day his most memorable moment of his career. And we are happy to be there for him. I salute the whole team because everything that happened today is a team effort. A huge lead after the event showed Asian countries the true worth of Filipino bowlers," said RP head coach Nico Valderrama in an e-mail sent to the Manila Times.

    Because of King's impressive series, he leaped from No. 17 to first in the All Events standings with 4,886 pinfalls. With just three games left in the second block of the Team of 5 Event, he has to maintain his form to secure the gold.

    Miranda also remains in the medal hunt as he sits in the second place with 4,759 while erstwhile Mubarak Al-Suwaidi of Qatar fell to third with 4,711.

    "Grabbing the top two positions in the All Events will be a great achievement for the country. Given a field of Asian bowlers with respectable careers and being former Asian Champions and World Champions, our position in the All Events can help us gauge where Philippine bowling is in the bowling map.

    Everything that happens here is a great start for us to strive harder for the World Men's Championships. It's going to be great boost for the team to head to Bangkok with an impressive performance here," added Valderrama.

    In women's all-events, Krizzah Tabora ranked No. 16 with 5,000 pinfalls. Koreans Jeon Eun Hee (5,502), Choi Jin A (5,397) and Kim Yeau Jin (5,389) occupy the top three positions.

    The Top 16 players in the men's and women's All Events will qualify in the Master Finals. "We hope that our success in the Asian Championships will be a testimony of public and private sector coordination and encourage more corporate citizens to be involved in regaining the glory of Philippine bowling," Valderrama concluded.