SEA Games: Men's bowling team clinch 1st team gold since 1995, women's team take silver

Singapore's men's bowling team celebrating during their team-of-five match at the SEA Games on Aug 24, 2017.
Singapore's men's bowling team celebrating during their team-of-five match at the SEA Games on Aug 24, 2017.PHOTO: CHEAH CHENG POH/SPORT SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - The Republic's bowlers have claimed their second gold medal of the games in the team event today (Aug 24) afternoon at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Kuala Lumpur.

The team of five comprising of Muhd Jaris Goh, Basil Ng, Darren Ong, Cheah Ray Han and Keith Saw recorded 6,399 pinfalls to clinch gold, ahead of Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang, Yeri Ramadona, Hengki Susanto, Diwan Rezaldy, Billy M. Islam and Hardy Rachmadian (6,280).

Thailand's Kim Bolleby, Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Surasak Manuwong, Atchariya Cheng, Annop Arromsaranon and Yannaphon Larpapharat (6,278 pinfalls) took home the bronze medal.

This was the first men's team-of-five gold medal since 1995. That team featured the likes of former greats Jack Wong and Sam Goh .

Said Saw, 23: "We are young and have a lot of potential. This can serve as a kick-start for men's bowling in Singapore and we can now look back and refer to this gold in the future knowing there is belief."

Said a jubilant Singapore Bowling Federation president Jessie Phua: "It's a miracle gold. I'm immensely proud of my boys. We sent boys in to fight with the men and they didn't disappoint. This is such a morale booster and it will definitely fire them up."

In the women's event, Singapore's female bowlers fell short of the gold medal, coming in second (6,203 pinfalls), repeating their result in 2015. Malaysia (6,264) retained the gold medal while the Philippines (6,075) completed the podium.