Hong Kong tenpin bowler Eric Lau Kwok-yau finished a surprise fifth in the men's singles as the twin challenge of his more illustrious teammates, Wu Siu-hong and Sunny Hui Cheung-kwok, evaporated. Teenager Wu, who was tipped for a medal in the event and Hui, the defending Asian Games masters champion, were huge disappointments as Lau was left to fly the SAR flag alone against strong competition. Wu finished 31st while Hui - Hong Kong's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony - was 57th. Lau completed six frames for a total pinfall of 1,364 points. He waited anxiously for his rivals to finish as he held second place while others still had one more frame to go. Rivals from the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand finished strongly and Lau's medal hopes disappeared as Singaporean Remy Ong took gold with a total pinfall of 1,389 points. Sharing silver were Thailand's Yannaphon Larpapharat and United Arab Emirates' Shaker Ali Al-Hassan on 1,372 points. No bronze medal was awarded. Lau, 43, bowled well in five of his frames with his only blot coming in the fourth frame when he scored 198 points. He had an average of 227.33 pinfalls. Lau was satisfied despite missing out on a medals. 'I knew I didn't have much of a chance of medal because the rest of the field hadn't finished bowling and they were bowling really well towards the end.' Hong Kong Tenpin Congress chief Vivien Fung tried to look on the bright side. 'We are not too disappointed because the other bowlers' scores were so high. We hope to do better in the men's doubles [today].