Newcomer Merwin Matheiu Tan delivered two bronze medals for the Philippines in the 15th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Marist School-Marikina standout rolled 1,494 pinfalls on 214, 235, 278, 258, 282 and 227 to take the third-place honors in the six-game boys’ singles event. Mustafa Al Mousawi of Kuwait claimed the gold with 1,575 (258, 227, 289, 276, 258 and 267), while Nakano Katsuhito of Japan took the silver with 1,515 (277, 269, 300, 226, 199 and 244).
The other Filipino entries in singles are No. 30 Ivan Dominic Malig (1,302), No. 34 Joshua Carl Autida (1,277), No. 34 Enrico Hernandez (1,277), No. 42 Heber Alqueza (1,250), No. 43 Mario Espinosa (1,242), No. 50 Gefphil John Buyco (1,178) and No. 66 Dionisio Ramon Diokno IV (1,081).
Tan earned his second bronze in the all-events. He collected a total of 4,373 pinfalls on 1,494 in singles, 1,486 in doubles and 1,393 in team.
South Korean Hwang Sung Hyun took the gold (4,455) while Australian Adams Svensson (4,381) pocketed the silver in the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Bowling Federation.
Hernandez placed sixth in the all-events with 4,291 pinfalls (1,277 in singles, 1,480 in doubles and 1,534 in team).
In masters, Tan landed fourth and Hernandez finished fifth.
Japan was the overall winner with three golds, three silvers and one bronze, followed by Singapore with two golds and two bronzes, South Korea with two golds, and Australia, Kuwait and Indoensia with one gold each.
EMIL C. NOGUERA