Bowling: One-two finish for Singapore in Asian School Championships girls' singles

Shin Zong Yi (above) put together a six-game total pinfall of 1,292 which included a perfect 300 in her final game. PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING FEDERATION

SINGAPORE - Fine performances from Singapore youth bowlers Shin Zong Yi and Arianne Tay saw them sweep the top two positions in the girls' singles at the 19th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships in Taichung, Taiwan, on Tuesday (Oct 2).

Zong Yi, 15, put together a six-game total pinfall of 1,292 which included a perfect 300 in her final game. She was sixth in the same event last year.

Team-mate Arianne, 14, was 11 pins behind on 1,281.

"This experience is one of a kind. First, it is a great honour to be able to represent Singapore in an event such as this and it is an even greater honour to be able to raise our national flag and sing our national anthem during the event," said Zong Yi.

"I was able to learn from all the great competitors and it was the friendly form of competition with them that spurred us to put on a good fight. Although the result achieved today is positive, this is only the start and we definitely will push ourselves over the next few days and continue do our country proud.

"This is my first perfect game so it is really a learning experience for me. Many emotions went through my head and I think the biggest takeaway from this experience is learning how to embrace these emotions to help keep myself calm under pressure."

Four Singaporeans finished in the top 10 with Quek Lu Yi (1,217) sixth and Arianne's older sister Arielle (1,212) seventh.

The boys' singles was won by Japan's Genki Hayashi (1,460). Owen Wong (1,307) was the Republic's top performer and finished sixth.

The tournament runs until next Monday with the doubles, team and Masters events still to come.

A total of 56 boys and 48 girls from eight Asian federations are taking part.

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