Japanese boys, Korean girls win the titles in Team event and All-Events


    Hong Kong, China

    Japan's Ren Sameshima, Korea's Kim Jin Ju claim gold in All-Events; lead top 16 boys and girls into Masters finals



    Japan and Korea shared the gold medals on the third day of competition in the 16th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships underway at SCAA bowling center in Hong Kong, China.

    Korea, which has swept gold medals in boys and girls Singles and Doubles, captured the titles in Girls Team and All-Events. The Japanese boys tied the Korean boys at two gold medals each after winning the four-player team event and the title in All-Events.

    Pictured above is the Boys Team podium.

    2015ASCBoysTeamJapan.jpg2015ASCBoysTeamPhilippines.jpgJapan's Sayato Takahira, Shinpei Sakahara, Ren Sameshima and Riku Masui (pictured left) averaged 215.58 for six games, including high games of 915 and 907 on their way to win the coveted team title with 5174 total.

    Trailing the winning team by 112 pins to take the silver medal was Philippines' A team featuring GJ Buyco, Louis Cantorna, Ivan Malig and Merwin Tan (right). The Filipinos fired games of 880, 952 and 868 in the second block to jump from 9th to second place with 5062 (210.92).

    2015ASCBoysTeamKorea.jpg2015ASCRenSameshima.jpgKorea B's Lim Seong Yul, Jeong Ho Hyeon, Lee Jun Won and Oh Hun (left) overtook Singapore A's Marcus Kiew, Ahmad Safwan, Kuek Qi En and Norman Cai in the last game (868 to 789) to help grab the bronze medal with 5035 to 4979.

    Ren Sameshima (right) used a 1317 series in the team event to leap three spots and to win his second gold medal in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) with 3966 and an average of 220.33. Bader Al-Deyab of Qatar leaped one spot to second place to earn the silver medal with 3961.

    Singles champion Kim Jung Tae of Korea, who managed only 1256 in team, slipped from first to third place to take the bronze medal with 3959. Singapore B bowler Jarred Lim took the 16th and last spot to advance to the Masters finals with 3757 or an average of 208.72.




    2015ASCGirlsTeamKorea.jpg2015ASCGirlsTeamMalaysia.jpgHeading into the last team game, the girls from Korea A were only in second place, 107 pins behind Malaysia. Kang Chae Rim, Kim Jin Yeong, Jeong Won and Singles champion Kim Dong Yo (left) finished with a high game of 852 to finish with 4793 total and an average of 199.71 to steal the gold medal by 12 pins.

    Pictured above is the Girls Team podium.

    For the second consecutive day, the Koreans got some help from Malaysia's Faten Najihah, Nur Syazwani Sahar, Nur Amirah Auni Azman and Nora Lyana Natasia (right), who closed with their lowest game of 733 to hand the Koreans the gold medal on a silver plate - as Faten and Nur did in Doubles the day before.

    2015ASCGirlsTeamJapan.jpg2015ASCKimJinJu.jpgThe Malaysian girls had to settle for the silver medal with 4781, 113 pins ahead of Japan's Wakana Mizutani, Rena Ohbayashi, Shion Izumune and Seika Fujiwara (left), who took the bronze medal with 4668.

    Doubles champion and Singles runner-up Kim Jin Ju (right) posted 1237 for Korea B (6th) in the Team event to maintain a 90-pin lead in All-Events and to win her second gold medal and the fourth for the Korean girls in as many event with 3954 and an average of 219.67.

    2015ASCNoraLyanaNatasia.jpg2015ASCKimDongYo2.jpgMalaysia's Nora Lyana Natasia (left) took the silver medal with 3864, while Singles and Team champion Kim Dong Yo (right) beat out Shion Izumune of Japan for the bronze medal by five pins, 3835 to 3830. Izumune won two gold and two silver medals at the World Youth Championships in the same bowling center in 2014.

    Korea A's Kang Chae Rim took the 16th and last spot to qualify for the girls Masters with 3474 or an average of 193.00.

    The top 16 girls and top 16 boys in All-Events advanced to the Masters finals which will conclude the Championships on Thursday and Friday. All players roll two eight-game blocks before the cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals, starting Friday at 12.30 (girls) and 2.30 p.m. (boys) 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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