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Lee Na Young wins fourth gold medal at Asian Games in Women’s Masters

Lee Na Young of Korea defeated Wang Ya Ting of Chinese Taipei, in the title match of the Women’s Masters stepladder finals, 477-437, to win her fourth gold medal in the 17th Asian Games bowling competition Thursday at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium.

Lee, who has won gold in Trios, Team and All-Events, took a 21-pin after the first game in the two-games-total-pins format, 223-202, and cruised to victory with a 254-235 strikefest.

In the opening match of the three-player shootout, Wang, seeded third, topped reigning World Masters champion and two-times Asian Games gold medalist, Son Yun Hee, Korea, by mere three pins, 193-190, for the right to bowl top-seeded Lee for the title.

Wang received the silver medal and Son took bronze. The bowling competition of the 17th Asian Games came to an end with the Victory Ceremonies on Thursday evening.

L-R Son Yun Hee, Lee Na Young and Wang Ya Ting. Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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2014AsianGamesLogo.jpgThe Asian Games, a.k.a. Asiad, is a Pancontinental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The XVII Asian Games run from September 19th to October 4th in Incheon, South Korea, featuring more than 9,000 athletes from 25 countries, who compete for medals in 36 sports.

Bowling made its debut in 1978 (Bangkok, Thailand) and returned in 1986 (Seoul, Korea) and was part of the Games in each event since 1994 (Hiroshima, Japan). The Bowling competition of the Incheon Asian Games was contested Sept. 23 – Oct. 2 at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium bowling center.

176 players, 102 men and 74 women, from 19 countries – China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Macau, China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen and the host country Korea – bowled for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters.

The competition was contested on a 36-feet short and a 46-feet long lane conditioning pattern. See also the Kegel Lane Map Report.

The winners in Singles (long oil), Doubles (short oil), Trios (short/long) and Teams (long/short) were determined by the highest six-game total. The player with the highest 24 game total of the four disciplines became the All-Events champion.

The top 16 women and top 16 men in All-Events, but maximum two per national Olympic Committee, advanced to the Masters finals Oct. 1 & 2. Those 16 bowled two eight-game blocks of Round Robin match play – first block on short, second block on long oil – to determine the top 3 players for the stepladder finals, which concluded the Asian Games bowling competition.

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17th Asian Games – Women’s Masters Stepladder Finals

Championship Round:
1. Lee Na Young, Korea
2. Wang Ya Ting, Chinese Taipei
3. Son Yun Hee, Korea

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 3 Wang def. No. 2 Son, 193-190
Championship: No. 1 Lee (223, 254) def. Wang (202, 235), 477-437.

17th Asian Games – Women’s Masters after Round Robin Match Play

First block on short oil, second block on long oil; top 3 after 16 games including bonus pins advance to the stepladder finals.

17th Asian Games – Women’s Masters after Block 1 of 2

Top 3 after 16 games including bonus pins advance to the stepladder finals.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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