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5th Asian Indoor & Martial Games 2017
September 15 - 24, 2017  Yimpash Bowling Centre, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
First medal for Indonesia

22nd September, Ashgabat: 29th SEA Games Doubles gold and Masters silver medallist, Tannya Roumimper gave Indonesia its first medal at the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games after winning the Women's Singles silver.

Roumimper, who advanced to the quarter-finals shootout round after finishing fourth in the earlier 6-games preliminaries with 1318. 2015 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Baek Sung Ja of Korea topped the preliminaries with 1455.

Angkana Netrviseth of Thailand finished second with 1333, 122 pins behind but just three pins ahead of a second Korean, 2015 World Championships Masters gold medallist, Jung Da Wun in third with 1330. Liza Del Rosario of Philippines, Angkana's team-mate, Natthida Sertluecha, China's Zhang Yuhong and a second Indonesian, Alisha Nabila Larasati all made the cut for the quarter-finals from fifth to eighth positions.

Roumimper edged her Filipina opponent, 204-194 to advance to the semi-finals. Top seed, Baek breezed past Alisha, 258-157 to book her semi-final berth. Zhang beat Angkana, 205-182 while Natthida eliminated third-seed Jung, 247-218 for their semi-final spots.

The 26-year-old Roumimper was on a roll in the semi-final match against Natthida, defeating the Thai, 257-174 to reach the medal round final match. Baek got a lucky break when her opponent, Zhang suffered a split in her final frame to hand the match to the Korean, 204-213.

Tannya Roumimper with her silver medals

Roumimper had a good start in the final with a strike in her opening frame but Baek quickly knocked down a double strike in frames two and three. The Indonesian could only spare her next four frames.

And when Beak had another double strike in the sixth and seventh frames, Roumimper missed a single-pin spare in the sixth frame and failed to convert another spare in seventh frame putting herself 39 pins adrift from her opponent.

The Korean went on to end her match with 210 to win the gold medal while her challenger had another split in the ninth frame to finish with a lowly 161 to take home the silver medal. The losing semi-finalists, Natthida and Zhang earned a bronze medal each.

"When bowling against a strong and talented bowler, I cannot afford to make mistakes," said the slightly disappointed Roumimper during the interview at the press centre. "I made several bad shots and I paid heavily for it.

"I've come across many situations like this and I was able to handle them. But then again this is bowling and things do happen not according to what you've hope for. This may make me stronger and more determined and I look forward to our next two events. I'm still happy to have won a medal for my country."

Debutants, Aldila Indryati and Nadia Pramanik only managed to finish 17th and 30th positions respectively out of a field of 38 women players.

Meanwhile, in yesterday's Men's Singles event, eighth-seed, Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand won the gold medal after defeating seventh-seed and 2017 Philippine Open champion, Kenneth Chua of Philippines, 247-211 in the final match.

The Thai had sailed past fourth-seed, Wu Hao-Ming of Chinese Taipei, 226-184 in the first semi-final match to advance to the gold medal round final. Chua ousted Hong Kong's Ivan Tse, 264-228 in the other semi to make the final.

Women's Singles medallists, Roumimper, Baek, Natthida and Zhang

Wang Zhiyong of China topped the earlier 6-games preliminaries with 1443 followed by two Koreans Kang Hee Won and Kim Kyung Min in second and third with 1437 and 1420. Wu was fourth with 1387 and 2016 QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Wang Hongbo of China was fifth with 1379.

Tse and Chua qualified for the quarter-finals in sixth and seventh poisitions while a third Korean, Choi Bok Eum had to give away his place due to the rule that only two players per NOC can advance to the quarter-finals.

2017 World Games gold medallist, Cho Young Seon also from Korea, who finished ninth was not eligible and the last spot was awarded to the eventual champion, Annop, who finished tenth with 1354. Indonesia's best finisher was Billi Mohammad Islam managing 13th position with 1329.

Hardy Rachmadian, Diwan Rezaldy and Fachri Abnu Askar could not get into their usual strides ending up in 25th, 40th and 54th positions out of 64 players.

Competition will shift to the Doubles event tomorrow starting with the men's division, divided into two squads. The top 8 pairs from the combined squads will qualify for the quarter-finals shootout. The winners in the quarter-finals will proceed to the semi-finals. Winners of the semi-finals will meet in the gold medal final match.

The Women's Doubles event will be contested on September 24. The Team of Four, to be bowled over two blocks of three games each will be staged on September 25. The top 4 teams will advance to the semi-final shootout on September 26 and final match on September 27.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

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