Rafiq Ismail captures first gold medal at Asian Youth Championships in record-setting style


    2015 AYC

    Malaysian shoots 845 for three games and 1615 for six games, an average of 269.17 to cruise to the title in Boys Singles; Enzo Hernandez (PHI) shoots the first 300 game of the Championships



    2015AYCRafiqIsmail.jpg Muhd Rafiq Ismail (pictured left) of Malaysia set two championships records on his 19th birthday en route win the gold medal in Boys Singles at the 18th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships Tuesday, March 24, at Macau Bowling Center in Macau, China.

    2015AYCEnzoHernandez.jpgThe lefty, who bowled in the first of two squads, fired games of 278, 289 and 278 to break the previous record for three games by 80 pins, added games of 269, 203 and 298 to lead the 58-player field with 1615 six-game total and an average of 269.17.

    The previous high score at Asian Youth Championships was held by PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia with 1509 (2004 in Bangkok). Ismail, who won two silver and one bronze medal at the adult Asian Championships in January, out averaged his nearest competitor by 22.5 pins.

    Enrico Lorenzo "Enzo" Hernandez (right), a southpaw from the Philippines, was 135 pins behind Ismail in B Squad with 1480, an average of 246.67, including the first 300 game of the Championships.

    2015AYCJavierTan.jpg2015AYCMuhammadJarisGoh.jpgHernandez came out of the gates with 267 and 215 followed by the perfecto for 782 after three games. The Filipino closed out with 237, 215 and 246 to earn the silver medal.

    Javier Tan (left) and Muhammad Jaris Goh (right) of Singapore battled it out for the bronze medal. Tan, also a left-handed bowler, was 79 pins behind Goh after three games (688 to 767) but finished with 279, 258 and 208 for 1433 (238.43 average) to beat out his compatriot for third place by 23 pins.

    Action shifts to the Girls Singles on Wednesday. All 40 girls will bowl in one squad starting at 9 a.m. China Standard Time (CST).


    The 18th Asian Youth Championships in Macau, China, will be held March 24-31 at 24-lane Macau Bowling Center inside the Cotai International Sports Complex in Macau, China.

    The Championships drew 98 players, 58 boys and 40 girls, from 15 member countries of the Asian Bowling Federation - Australia, Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

    Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before January 1, 1995, will bowl in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles (contested on medium oil), Doubles (long oil), four-player Teams (first block long, second block medium oil), All Events and Masters (first block medium, second block long oil).

    Competition concludes on Tuesday, March 31, with the boys and girls Masters stepladder finals followed by a victory banquet.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.


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