29th October, Petaling Jaya: Fourth-seed and host nation, Malaysia won their first-ever gold medal at the 24th Deaflympics Bowling Competitions 2021 after edging Chinese Taipei 171-157 in the Women's Team of 5 Final while Korea bagged the Men's gold.
Lady luck was on Malaysia's side in the match against top-seed and the fancied Korean women. Hong Siong Mui, Huwainaa Danduan Abdullah, Zuriana Binti Roslan, Peng Kam Cheng and Hie Siw Sing started nervously and had two early open frames in the second and third.
Park Sunok, An Hyoungsook, Lee Chanmi, Lee Misook and Choi Seonkyeong also encoutered two splits in the second and fourth frames levelling the match. The Koreans stumbled to a third split in the sixth frame and then suprised the crowd with a single pin miss in the seventh frame.
Although Malaysia had a split themselves in the eight frame, their small lead was good enough to win the first semi-final match, 143-139 and earning a crack at the gold. Second-seed Huang Ya-Ting, Hsueh Hsiu-Chen, Lin Ya-Chin, Huang Shu-Min and Chang Yao-Chien of Chinese Taipei sailed past third-seed, Ukraine, 202-177 to face the Malaysians.
In the final, both Malaysia and Chinese Taipei had opened frames in the third and in the seventh but when Malaysia failed to spare their eighth frame, the tie appear to favour the Taiwanese. With the crowd cheering the Malaysian team, they bounced back with three strikes-in-a-row thereafter to seal victory, 171-157.
The Taiwanese women, who have yet to win a gold in this competition, added a third silver to their medal haul. Korea and Ukraine took home a bronze medal each. In the earlier 6-games qualifying round, Korea literally led from start to finish top of the pack with a team total of 5266. Chinese Taipei trailed the Koreans all the way to finish second with 5157. Ukraine and Malaysia qualified for the semi-finals in third and fourth positions with 5131 and 4734 respectively.
Doubles gold medallist, Lee Chanmi gave Korean women their second gold medal after topping the Women's All-Events with 4474 from 24 games. Lin Hsiang-Tzu of Chinese Taipei clinched the silver with 4357 while Singles gold medallist, Adlia Naomi Yokoyama of Singapore took home the bronze with 4324.
Meanwhile in the men's division, Korea, already with two gold medals from three previous events, denied Malaysia a sweet double after beating their opponent, 228-199 in the Men's Team of 5 final to earned their second gold medal.
An Seongjo, Kim Teckhan, Bak Jaeung, Ham Jonghoon and Seo Youngchun had a narrow victory over fourth-seed, Saudi Arabia, 183-180 to advance to the title match. Mohd Firdaus Mohamad, Edmondson Kok Leng, Mohd Zaidi Awang, Mohammad Syahmi Abd Hamid amd Ho Choon Seng ousted Chinese Taipei, 195-182 reach the final.
Korea and Malaysia had a clean tussle for the lead in both the first and second block. But it was Korea who ended stronger to take top spot with 5613, 46 pins ahead of Malaysia, who finished second with 5567.
The minor palcings were also keenly fought amongst Chinese Taipei, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. But the Taiwanese finish third and the Saudis fourth with 5558 and 5553 respectively leaving Ukraine to miss the cut.
Two gold medallist, An Seongjo of Korea added a third gold for his country by occupying top spot in the Men's All-Events standing with 4890 total. Hsieh Sheng-Fu settled for the silver medal with 4775 while Ayman Salim Al Maqhali stormed home to snatch the bronze with 4774. En. Ong Shin Ruenn, President of MSDeaf presented the medals to the winners and En. Kamaruzaman Harun, secretary general of MSDeaf gave away the mascots.
The top 24 men and top 24 women based on their total pins in the All-Events standings, qualified for the Masters Elimination Finals. Finallists ranked 1 to 8 earned a Bye and advanced to Round 2 Finals. Finallists ranked 9 to 24 will fight it out in Round 1 Finals for a spot in Round 2. Winners of all the Round 2 matches will then advance to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and eventually the gold medal final match.
Ukraine women captures second gold
Korea wins Men's Trios gold
Korea wins their first gold
First gold medal for Chinese Taipei
Singaporean captures Singles gold
Ukraine dominates winning gold and silver
Colourful ceremony marks opening of bowling competitions
Sixteen countries ready for Deaflympics Bowling
Organizing committee and coordination team meeting
Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya for MSDeaf.