PHL closes Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games with silver in bowling, chess

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – Bowlers Alexis Sy, Lyn Tabora, Lara Posadas and Liza del Rosario settled for a silver medal in the women’s team of four in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) Wednesday at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex here.

The quartet lost to reigning world champion South Korea, 873-801, in the finals held at the Bowling Hall. Posadas led the Philippines with 219 points, del Rosario finished with 211, Sy contributed 205 and Tabora added 166 points.

Baek Seungj, gold medal winner in the women’s singles, had 256 points to lead Korea, Jung Dawun collected 233 points, Kim Moonjeong had 196 points, while Hong Hae Ni 188 points.

The lady bowlers’ performance on the final day of action here matched the silver finish of Kenneth Chua, who won in the men’s singles in bowling action a week back.

“This is definitely a good start for the bowling national team and for the sport of bowling in general,” said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) secretary-general Steve Hontiveros.

“Remember in the Southeast Asian Games in KL (Malaysia) we didn’t get a single gold medal. A gold here would have been better, but we’re still happy with the two silvers,” added Hontiveros.

In chess, international masters Emmanuel Garcia and Paulo Bersamina also took the silver medal in the men’s Rapid Team Under-23. Garcia and Beramina lost to GMs Wei Yi and Xu Yinglun of China, 2-0.

The Philippines wrapped up its campaign in the 62-country continental Games with a bronze in men’s blitz team under-23 courtesy of Garcia and Bersamina, who lost to Wei and Lu Shanglei in the semifinals.

Janelle Mae Frayna and Shania Mae Mendoza lost to Kazakhstan in the semifinal round, 2-0, in the women’s Under-23 Blitz team event Tuesdayas they settled for the bronze medal.

In Dance Sport, Gerald Jamili and Cherry Clarice Parcon failed on their bid to keep he gold in Latin Jive as they pocketed the bronze in the final round Tuesday at the Dance Sports Arena.

Jamili and Parcon got 32.876 points, behind South Korea (33.499) and China (33.000).

The national team so far has two gold medals, 14 silvers and 13 bronze medals, improving the 1-0-2 (gold-silver-bonze) the country collected during 2013 AIMAG in Incheon, South Korea.