Merwin Tan wins second bowling gold for PH with three other bowlers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 19) – The Philippine bowling team clinched its second gold medal in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Thursday at the Royal City Hanoi Bowling Lanes.

The quartet of Merwin Tan, Christian Dychangco, Ivan Dominic Malig, and Patrick Neil Nuqui dominated the men’s team of four event after finishing with 5,275 pinfalls.

The Filipino bowlers were ahead by 113 pins of silver medalist Malaysia, which tallied 5,161 pinfalls. Singapore bagged the bronze medal with 4,953 pinfalls.

Tan won his second gold medal in the Vietnam SEA Games, three days after ruling the men’s singles category and ending the country’s 11-year search for an elusive bowling gold in the biennial sports event. 

National bowling team head coach Biboy Rivera said their second gold medal is a big deal for Filipino keglers as they naturally aspire to win gold in team events more intensely than in individual competitions.

"In bowling, team event is more prestigious and harder to win. The players here need to be united and have teamwork since not all of them can play good games at the same time. One player needs to step up for his teammate who's struggling. The jelling, camaraderie, and unity of the bowlers are tested in the team event," explained Rivera, who himself is a decorated bowler during his playing years.

The women’s team of four competition is ongoing as of Thursday afternoon.