Malaysia wins third gold medal at Asian Youth Championships in Boys Doubles


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    Qalif Adnor Adam and Singles champion Rafiq Ismail average 234.50 on their way to the title; Singapore takes the silver medal and the Philippines get the bronze



    2015AYCQalifAdnorAdamMuhdRafiqIsmail2.jpgMalaysia's Qalif Adnor Adam and Muhd Rafiq Ismail (pictured left, l-r) averaged record 234.50 over six games on the long lane conditioning pattern on their way to the gold medal in Boys Doubles at the 18th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships Thursday in Macau, China.

    It was the second gold medal for Singles champion Ismail and the third for Malaysia in as many events.

    The duo posted games of 437, 428, 524, 507, 442 and 476 for record 2814 pinfall total to break the previous record of 2783 by 31 pins. The second three-game block of 1425 broke the previous record by 16 pins.

    2015AYCJavierTanMuhammadJarisGoh.jpgIsmail led all 58 bowlers with 1446, an average of 241, and Qalif contributed 1368 (228.00). Ismail, who posted record 1615 in Singles, widened his lead in All-Events to 194 pins with 3061 total or an average of 255.08 for twelve games.

    The Malaysians, who bowled in the first squad, had to sit and wait until B Squad had finished their six games. Javier Tan and Muhammad Jaris Goh (right, l-r) of Singapore, who finished third and fourth in Singles, led the second quad en route to win the silver medal with 2863 and an average of 230.25.

    2015AYCIvanMaligEnzoHernandez.jpgThe Singaporeans were 84 pins behind the leaders after the first block (1305) but narrowed the gap in the second block to 51 pins as they rebroke the championship record of Malaysians with 1458 (243 average) including games of 485, 481 and 492. The record for one game is still 545, set by Malaysia in 1997.

    Tan used the second-highest series of the day (1434) to move up one spot to second place in All-Events with 2867 (238.92).

    Singles silver medalist Enzo Hernandez and Ivan Malig (above left, r-l) of the Philippines were 73 pins behind the Singaporeans to capture the bronze medal with 2690 (224.17). It was also the second medal for Hernandez, who slipped to third place in All-Events with 2829 (235.75) behind a 1349 series today.

    2015AYCElliottBastisteAdamSvensson.jpgAussies Elliott Bastiste and Adam Svensson (right, l-r), who were in second place after the first squad slipped out of the medals to finish in fourth place with 2562 (213.50).

    The Girls Doubles, who fit into one squad, will roll their six games on the long pattern on Friday starting at 9 a.m. China Standard Time (CST).

    The four-player team events will be held on Saturday (three on games on long) and Sunday (three games on medium) followed by Masters match play on Monday (eight games on medium) and Tuesday (eight games on long) and culminates with the stepladder finals of the top three boys and girls at 4.10 p.m. China Standard Time (CST) Tuesday.


    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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