Asean Para Games: Thailand shock Malaysia to snatch bowling TPB10 mixed doubles title

SINGAPORE - Thailand stunned powerhouses Malaysia as their pair of Raiwin Phisitthanakul and Chaiwat Achatongkum took the TPB10 (for those with amputation on the upper body) mixed doubles crown at the Asean Para Games on Saturday.

The pair took the lead in the fifth game and rolled their way to victory with a total of 2,153 pinfalls, 65 ahead of Malaysia.

Said Achatongkum: "This is my first Asean Para Games and I am very happy to win the gold medal."

Despite the loss, Malaysia went on to win the mixed doubles title for both the TPB8 (spinal cord injuries) and TPB9 (lower-body amputation) categories.

Abu Bakar and Wong Kee Soon hit a total of 2,009 pinfalls in TPB9, while Mohd Khairul and Zahidi Lamsah hit 1,688 pinfalls in TPB8 to secure the win.

Singapore's Anuar Saaid and Tay Leong Hock finished third in TPB8 with 1,574 pinfalls and claimed the bronze.

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