Muhd Rafiq Ismail (MAS), Daphne Tan (SIN) start 28th SEA Games with victory in Singles


    2015 SEA Games

    Malaysian beats out Annop Arromsaranon (THA) for the gold medal by three pins; Singaporean women finish 1, 2 and 3, but the bronze medal goes to Malaysia due to SEA Games rule



    2015SEAGMuhdRafiqIsmail.jpg2015SEAGRyanLalisang.jpgMuhammad Rafiq Ismail (pictured left) of Malaysia and Singapore's Daphne Tan started the bowling competition of the 28th Southeast Asian Games with victory in men's and women's Singles Tuesday at Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club in Singapore.

    Ismail, a multiple Asian youth champion, started the men's competition with games of 246, 221, 235 and 225 to hold a 48-pin lead over Asian Games champion Ryan Lalisang (right) of Indonesia heading into the last two games.

    2015SEAGAnnopArromsaranon.jpg2015SEAGJavierTan.jpgMalaysia's rising star saw his lead shrinking after finishing with two sub-par games, 192 and 189, for 1308 total and an average of 218.00.

    Annop Arromsaranon (left) of Thailand had a chance to overtake the Malaysian with a double in the 10th frame but fell three pins short to earn the silver medal with 1305 (217.50).

    Javier Tan (right) of Singapore, who leaped into second place with a 247 in game five, slipped one spot to third place with 1284 (214.00) due to a 185 last game. Lalisang missed the podium by 12 pins to finish in fourth place with 1272 (212.00).

    2015SEAGDaphneTan.jpg2015SEAGJazreelTan.jpgThe Singaporean fivesome, who won the gold medal in Team at the 2014 Asian Games, dominated the women's Singles event out averaging the men and finishing 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.

    Daphne Tan (left) started her six-game series with the field-best 289 game and added 198, 223, and 176 before she finished with 235 and 247 to cruise to the gold medal with 1368 and an average of 228.00, ten pins better than the men's gold medalist.

    Jazreel Tan (right; no relation) used high games of 258, 235, 224 and 216 to finish in second place with 1313 (218.83) and to earn the silver medal. Daphne's sister Cherie Tan (below left with teammate Shayna Ng, right) overtook two-time world champion Esther Cheah in the last game by three pins, 1294 to 1291, but did not earn the bronze medal.

    2015SEAGCherieTanShaynaNg.jpg 2015SEAGEstherCheah2.jpgAs no National Olympic Committee (NOC) can win all three medals in any event, fourth-place Cheah (right) received the bronze medal.

    Singapore's Shayna Ng and New Hui Fen were close behind Cheah in fifth and sixth place with 1288 and 1278, respectively.

    Action shifts to the Doubles event on medium oil on Wednesday. The women will hit the lanes at 10 a.m. Singapore Time with the men to follow at 2 p.m.

    2015SEAGamesLogo.jpg The 2015 Southeast Asian Games is a multi-sport event hosted by the city-state of Singapore. The 28th SEA Games is currently held from June 5-16, although several events have commenced since May 29. About 7000 athletes from 11 participating nations are competing in Singapore, with 402 events in 36 sports featured in the Games.

    The bowling competition takes place from June 8-14 at Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club. 75 players from seven countries, 41 men and 34 women, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team and Masters.

    The competition will be played on a 47-foot long and a 38-foot medium lane conditioning pattern with 24.7 mL and 25.8 mL volume oil total, respectively.

    Singles, Doubles, Trios and the five-player Team event will be decided in traditional six-game format. According to the SEA Games rules, no National Olympic Committee (NOC) can win all three medals in any event.

    The top 16 men and the top 16 women in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams; no medals will be awarded in All-Events at SEA Games) will advance to the Masters finals which will conclude the bowling competition on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 & 14.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).


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    According to the SEA Games rules, no National Olympic Committee (NOC) can win all three medals. Fourth-place Esther Cheah, Malaysia, received the bronze medal.