Korea earns gold medals No. 3 & 4 in Doubles at 16th Asian School Championships


    Hong Kong, China

    2015ASCGirlsDoublesTop3.jpg2015ASCKimHyoMinKimJinJu.jpg After a gold medal sweep in Singles, Tenpin Bowling powerhouse Korea captured both gold medals in girls and boys Doubles at the 16th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships Tuesday at SCAA bowling center in Hong Kong, China.

    Trailing Malaysia by 64 pins heading into the last game, Kim Hyo Min and Singles silver medalist Kim Jin Ju (above right, l-r) combined for 436 to earn the gold medal in Girls Doubles with 2557 and an average of 213.08.

    2015ASCFatenNajihahNurAmirahAuniAzman.jpg2015ASCCharmaineChangAmandaLee.jpgMalaysia's Faten Najihah and Nur Amirah Auni Azman (left, l-r) showed their nerves and finished with 365 and had to settle for second place with 2550. Singapore's Charmaine Chang and Amanda Lee (right, l-r) closed with a big 465 game to leap into third place with 2460.

    Thanks to the field-best 1404-series, Kim Jin Ju took a comfortable 100-pin lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) after 12 of 18 games with 2717 total and an average of 226.42.

    2015ASCBoysDoublesTop3.jpg2015ASCSeoHyoDongKillJunSeong.jpgSingles bronze medalist Nora Lyana Natasia, Malaysia, moved into second place with 2617 and was followed by two-time World Youth Champion Shion Izumune of Japan with 2566. Singles champion Kim Dong Yo, Korea, fell to fourth place with 2562. The top 16 girls and top 16 boys in All-Events will advance to the Masters finals.

    Seo Hyo Dong and Kill Jun Seong (right, r-l) started the boys' event with back-to-back 502 and 535 and never looked back. The Koreans averaged 230.83 for six games to cruise to the gold medal with 2770 total, 100 pins ahead of their nearest competitor.

    2015ASCShinpeiSakaharaRikuMasui.jpg2015ASCJassemAlMuraikhiHazeemAlMuraikhi.jpgShinpei Sakahara and Riku Masui (left, l-r) of Japan took the silver medal with 2670.

    Bronze went to Qatar's Jassem Al-Muraikhi and Hazeem Al-Muraikhi (right, l-r), who closed their set with a huge 541 game (Hazeem 297, Jassem 244) to beat out Brunei's Abu Khaledi Yussri and Md Faiz Dzuhairy for the bronze medal by 53 pins, 2625 to 2572.

    Singles winner Kim Jung Tae of Korea continued to lead the boys division in All-Events with 2703 total and an average of 225.25 for 12 games. Qatar's Hazeem Al-Muraikhi and Bader Al-Deyab sit in second and third place with 2655 and 2652, respectively.

    Competition resumes on Wednesday with the girls and boys four-player Team event. The first three-game block is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with the second block to follow at 2 p.m. Hong Kong Time.

    2015ASCPoster.jpg The 16th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships, which runs from July 25-31, 2015 on 40-lanes at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China, drew 76 boys and 58 girls born on or after January 1, 1997, representing 13 member countries of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

    Each federation was allowed to send a maximum of two boys' and two girls' teams with each team consisting of maximum four boys or four girls, who compete for medals in Singles, Doubles, Teams, All-Event and Masters.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).


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