SEA Games: Philippine bowling wins second gold in Hanoi

Philippine men's bowling team at the 31st SEA Games.  PH Bowling Federation

Philippine men’s bowling team at the 31st SEA Games. PH Bowling Federation

HANOY – Again, exposure has proven to be the main reason for the Philippines to definitely return to bowling glory.

The country, which returned home empty-handed at the previous Southeast Asian Games, won the second gold in Thursday’s game, which was created by Hall of Famers Peng Nepomuseno and Bong Kuo.

Patrick Nukui, Ian Dichanko, Ivan Malig and Maruin Tan combined for 5,275 pinfalls after six frames to win Malaysia (5162) and Singapore (4963) which settled for silver and bronze respectively.

“It helped a lot that we were able to compete in the World Championships in Dubai (last November),” said Nuki. “And Marvin also took part in the World Series of Bowling last March. “We have been able to apply those teachings here.”

Nukui said the long preparations for the biennial games have also contributed to their performance here, which is under the watchful eye of head coach and former world Masters champion Bibay Rivera.

The victory was so spectacular that 22-year-old Tan almost became speechless. “It simply came to our notice then. I’m just happy. We will continue to do what we have been doing so far. “

But trying to regain the Philippines’ high status in sports is far from their minds.

“We are thinking about it, but at the moment we are grateful for the victory,” added Nuki. “Hopefully our success here will give us a positive outlook on the upcoming tournament.”

Tan on Tuesday presented his first gold to the Philippines in the men’s singles, ending an 11-year gold medal drought for the country.

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