PETALING JAYA: It was a heartbreaking end for 12-year-old Mohd Syafiq Sazeli in the Milo International All-Star bowling championships at the Pyramid Megalanes in Bandar Sunway yesterday.
The Sarawakian, who won the boys' Under-12 Masters title on Thursday, could only manage a 10th placing in the Under-15 category after accumulating a 1,564 total. Mohd Syafiq was the top qualifier going into the finals.
South Korean Jo Yeon-sic emerged as the champion. Yeon-sic, representing the Daegu team, won the title by knocking down 1,764 pins in the eight-game finals. He had lines of 220, 233, 234, 236, 216, 177, 268 and 180 for an impressive 220.50 average.
Two Malaysian Sukan Teras programme bowlers Chong Jun Foo (1,718) and Jonathan Ding (1,687) finished second and third respectively.
In the girls' Under-15 category, Indonesia's Jessica Florencia piled up 1,556 pins to clinch the title.
Singapore Sports School's Anthea Soh amassed 1,499 to finish second while team-mate Tan Yan Ling finished third on 1,491.
Malaysia's Hanan Fateha was placed fifth with a 1,482 total.
Meanwhile, national back-up bowler Jonathan Lim still leads the boys' Open category with 771 pins.
Syafiq Ridhwan, also from the back-up squad, is second on 762 while Pahang's Jonathon Chan is third on 749.
In the overseas pool, Singapore's Gregory Gan (764) and Na Seong-won (747) of South Korea continues to occupy the top two spots.
Choi Bok-eum of South Korea made the biggest move of the day, knocking down 737 pins to climb up to third spot.
National bowler Zandra Aziela maintained her lead in the girls' Open category with a 716 total while Nor Hanizah, the 2010 Gemilang squad bowler, is second on 706.
National youth squad's Christyn Chew is third on 699.
In the overseas pool. Singapore's Geraldine Ng leads with 732 followed by compatriot Cherie Tan Shi Hua (717) and South Korean Kwan Hye-mi (712).
The finals for both the Open categories will be held today.