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Alumnus Keith Saw Wins Men’s Singles At 22nd Asian Bowling Championship


Keith Saw Hui-Xin powered his way to a 225.33 average over six games in the second squad of the Men's Singles event at the 22nd Asian Bowling Championship in Hongkong on 4 September 2012 to lead the overall table of two squads - and held on to a five-pin lead over Kuwaiti Fadhel Al Mousawi to eventually win the gold medal.

Then came the third and final squad, rolled off at 7 pm. Korean Hong Hae-Sol threatened to unseat Keith when he bowled 234, 259, 254 and 229 before dropping to 192. At that point, he needed just 184 pins to beat Keith, but it wasn't to be his night he bowled 178 to be six pins shy of Keith's 1,352 total pinfalls. With that, Keith claimed victory over 127 other men competing in the Asiad.

Keith's maiden major tournament was the Jakarta 2011 Southeast Asian Games in November last year. In July 2012, he combined with Ng Chiew Pang, Basil Low Eng Howe and Mark Wong Jee Mun - all Sports School alumni - to win the silver medal in the Team event at the 12th World Youth Bowling Championships in Bangkok. Keith, 17, graduated from Sports School in 2010 and is currently in his second year in the Republic Polytechnic-Singapore Sports School Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management programme.

Among the women, Sports School alumni Daphne Tan Shi Jing finished 8th and Jazreel Tan, 15th. The best finisher from Team Singapore was Daphne's sister, Cherie, who was 5th.