Brandon Ong, Jomond Chia clinch boys' doubles gold at Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships

Singapore bowlers Jomond Chia (left) and Brandon Ong with their boys’ doubles gold medals at the Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships in Kuching. (PHOTO: Singapore Bowling Federation)

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s Brandon Ong and Jomond Chia have clinched a gold medal in the boys’ doubles event at the Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships in Kuching on Sunday (21 April).

The duo bowled a combined 2,740 pinfalls to emerge as champions ahead of the Malaysian duo of Nevern Marcellinus and Muhammad Hafiz (2,526 pinfalls). Another Malaysia duo, Shahruk Amin and Muhammad Syazirol, came in third with 2,458 pinfalls.

It was Team Singapore’s first gold at the event, and the girls’ doubles team of Charmaine Chang and Amabel Chua also added a bronze on Sunday, their 2,354-pinfalls effort coming in behind winners Nur Syazwani Sahar/Gillian Lim of Malaysia (2,513 pinfalls) and runners-up Shin Hye-bin/Jeong Ye-ri of South Korea (2,389 pinfalls)

Brandon, 18, was in sparkling form with a 241.50-pinfall average over his six games. He said, “I’m very happy that we were able to finish first. I felt we as a team we were able to remain calm when problems arose, and that we were both committed to all the adjustments.”

Jomond, 19, added, “Ball choices and movement on the lanes were on point, and that won us the competition.”

The championships, which ends on Thursday, will next shift to the team-of-four event. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls with the highest scores – based on a total of 18 games from the singles, doubles and team events – will advance to the Masters competition.

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