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Filipino bowlers pocket 3 gold, 2 bronze medals in Hong Kong

The Philippines had a successful stint in the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships over the weekend, finishing second overall with three golds and two bronzes at the South China Athletic Association (SCAA) Bowling Centre in Hong Kong.

The boys team of Kenzo Umali, Merwin Tan, Ivan Malig and Louis Cantorna ranked first after pocketing three gold medals in the tournament for players 18 years old and below.

Umali clinched the boys’ singles gold with (1369 pinfalls) while Hong Kong’s Alex Yu (1338) took the silver and Kuwait’s Mostafa Almousawi (1335) settled for the bronze.

Tan produced the Philippines’ second gold medal when he ruled the boys’ All Events with 3991. Tse won the silver with 3907 while Mostafa got the bronze medal with 3899.

The Philippines also captured the gold medal in the boys’ Team of Four with 4985. Hong Kong (4843) and Chinese Taipei (4809) finished second and third, respectively.

Malig scooped the bronze in the boys’ Masters event while Daphne Custodio, Jeika Yutero, Noelle Campos and Grace Gella comprised the girls’ Team of Four which finished third.

The Filipino bowlers were accompanied by Biboy Rivera, Jojo Lim Canare, Gene Tonelete and Boy Florencio.

Meanwhile, Macau emerged as the overall champion with three golds, one silver and two bronzes. Chinese Taipei was third with two golds, four silvers and three bronzes while Hong Kong and Kuwait had one gold each.

Macau topped the girls division with gold medals in the All Events (Wong Son), doubles (So Cheng Lam and Wong Son) and Team of Four (So Cheng Lam, Wong Son, Sou Chi Cheng and Cheang Lok).

Chinese Taipei dominated the girls’ Masters event (Tsai Ying-Ying) and girls’ singles (Wu Jie-Yu).

Kuwait’s only medal came from 18-year-old Mostafa, who defeated Tse, 477-402, in the boys’ Masters final for his first gold medal.

Yu and Tse delivered Hong Kong’s lone gold in the boys’ doubles event.

A total of 56 bowlers -- 36 boys and 20 girls -- joined the 17th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships which was hosted by Hong Kong for the fifth time since the tournament’s inaugural staging in 1998 in Singapore.

Malaysia will host the next edition slated November 11 to 17 this year in Kuching, Sarawak.