Korean girls win third consecutive Asian Youth Championships Team gold


    2015 AYC

    Malaysia overtakes Singapore in last game to secure the silver medal; Byun Sun Min wins another gold medal for Korea in All-Events



    2015AYCGirlsKorea2.jpg Starting the day in second place, Byun Sun Min, Kim Mi Ae, Jang Ryeon Gyeong and Lee Yeong Seung (pictured left) averaged 206.25 over three games on medium oil to comfortably win the third consecutive Team gold at Asian Youth Championships Sunday afternoon at Macau Bowling Center in Macau, China. It was the first gold medal of the event, boys and girls, for Korea.

    The Koreans rolled games of 818, 841 and 816 for 2475 to finish atop the leaderboard with 4963 total and an overall average of 206.79.

    2015AYCGirlsMalaysia.jpg Byun had 691 on long and 649 on medium oil for 1340, the highest six-game series of the Team event (223.33 avg.) to wrap up the title and the second gold medal for Korea in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) with 3920 total and an average of 217.78 for 18 games.

    Malaysia's Nur Syazwani Sahar, Nur Amirah, Natasha Roslan and Nora Lyana Natasia (right), who were in third place after the first block, fell out of the top 4 behind games of 817 and 792 but jumped into second place thanks to an 844 last game to take the silver medal with 4876 (203.17).

    2015AYCGirlsSingapore.jpg Singapore's Joy Yap, Charlene Lim, Iliya Syamim and Kristin Quah (left), who leaped two spots with games of 806 and 862, slipped to third place in the last game (798) to earn the bronze medal with 4859 (202.46).

    Australia's Katey Furze, Janet Hunt, Maddy Kemp and Emily Rigney, who held third place after starting with 861 and 817, had to settle for fourth place with 4838 (201.58) due to a final 769 game.

    2015AYCGirlsJapan.jpg Overnight leader Japan with Futaba Imai, Seika Fujiwara, Manae Kameshima and Mitsuki Okamoto (right) maintained their lead after an 821 opening game Sunday (fourth overall) but crashed out of the medals after games of 764 and 725 to finish in fifth place with 4817 (200.71).

    2015AYCGirlsAllEventsTop3.jpg Trailing Byun Sun Min (center) by 36 pins to capture the silver medal in All-Events was Singles champion Nora Lyana Natasia (left) of Malaysia with 3884 (215.78). Doubles champion Alisha Nabila (right) of Indonesia, who had 1264 in the Team event, beat out Emily Rigney of Australia for bronze by ten pins, 3812 to 3802.

    Futaba Imai of Japan took the 16th and last spot to advance to the Masters finals with 3605 and an average of 200.28.

    The top 16 boys and girls in All-Events qualify for Masters match play on Monday (eight games on medium) and Tuesday (eight games on long). The top three boys and girls advance to the stepladder finals 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), All Events (18 games; combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) and Masters match play (top 16 in All-Events; first block medium, second block long).

    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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