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Hong Kong, Malaysia win gold in Doubles at Asian Championships

Hong Kong and Malaysia captured the gold medals in men’s and women’s Doubles at the Target 24th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships Thursday at South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China.

Singles bronze medalist Michael Mak teamed with reigning World Cup champion Wu Siu Hong (pictured above, l-r) to win the first gold medal for the host country with 2708 total and an average of 225.67.

2016AsCMenDoublesSilverTimmyTanAdrianAngThe champions rolled games of 441, 515, 420, 437, 472 and 423 in the third and last squad on long oil to cruise to the title. Mak led the way with 1391 and Wu contributed 1317.

2016AsCMenDoublesBronzeRafiqIsmailSyafiqRidhwanThe silver and bronze medal went to Malaysia. Adrian Ang and Singles champion Timmy Tan (left, r-l) were second in squad 3 with 2676 (223.00) to overtake squad 1 leaders Rafiq Ismail and Syafiq Ridhwan (right, l-r; 2660) by 16 pins.

Tan held onto the lead in all-events (combined pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event) with 2768 and an average of 230.67 for 12 games. Mak leaped one spot into second place with 2737, while Ridhwan jumped from sixth to third place with 2693.

2016AsCWomenDoublesGoldSinLiJaneEstherCheahSlider

2016AsCWomenDoublesSilverBaekSeungJaJungDaWunMalaysia’s Sin Li Jane and Esther Cheah (above, l-r) averaged 219.75 in the first squad on Wednesday and remained unchallenged to win the gold medal in women’s doubles with 2637. Cheah led the 64 women with 1375 and an average of 229.17 and Sin Li added 1262.

2016AsCWomenDoublesBronzeJeonEunHeeKimMinHeeSilver and bronze went to South Korea. Singles champion Jung Da Wun and silver medalist Baek Seung Ja (left, r-l) led squad 3 with 2575 (214.58) to beat out squad 2 leaders Jeon Eun Hee and Kim Min Hee (right, l-r; 2520) for the silver medal by 55 pins.

The top 3 in singles remained atop the leaderboard in all-events. Jung Da Wun added 1361 to her 1362 winning score in singles for 2713 total and an average of 226.92 to widen her lead to 208 pins. Baek Seung Ja was second with distant 2515 with Wang Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei mere 10 pins behind with 2505.

Competition commences Friday with the first block of the men’s and women’s trios event on long oil followed by the second block on medium oil on Saturday.

The Target 24th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships will be held from Sept. 18-28, 2016 at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong.

20 athletes, 135 men, 65 women, from 24 member federations of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) participate in the event, which also serves as the qualifier for the 2017 World Bowling World Championships and the X World Games 2017.

The participating countries are Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Egypt, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, North Korea, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and the host country of Hong Kong.

Each team consists of maximum six men and six women who compete in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines, singles, doubles, trios, five-player teams, all-events and masters.

The Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern – a 40 feet medium pattern with 24.48 mL volume oil total and a 45 feet long pattern with 25.355 mL volume oil total.

Singles (six games on medium oil) and doubles (six games on long oil) will be contested on one oil pattern, while trios (long/medium) and team (medium/long) will feature both oil patterns (three games on each pattern). The player/team with the highest pinfall total after six games will be declared the champion.

The top 3 in all-events (24 games; total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event) receive gold, silver and bronze medals. The top 16 in all-events advance to the masters finals. The top 3 after two eight-game blocks, each block on a different pattern, will determine the champions in the stepladder final.

The top 12 teams (based on the combined all-events total of the top five players) qualify for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held December 4-18 at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait.

The top 5 teams (based on the combined all-events total of the top two players) qualify for the X World Games 2017. The bowling competition will be contested July 20-24 at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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2016 Asian Championships Men's Doubles medalists - from left, Timmy Tan & Adrian Ang (Malaysia, 2nd), Michael Mak & Wu Siu Hong (Hong Kong; 1st), Rafiq Ismail & Syafiq Ridhwan (Malaysia, 3rd).

2016 Asian Championships Men’s Doubles medalists – from left, Timmy Tan & Adrian Ang (Malaysia, 2nd), Michael Mak & Wu Siu Hong (Hong Kong; 1st), Rafiq Ismail & Syafiq Ridhwan (Malaysia, 3rd).

Target 24th Asian Championships – Men’s Doubles

2016 Asian Championships Women's Doubles medalists - from left, Baek Seung Ja & Jung Da Wun (Korea; 2nd), Sin Li Jane & Esther Cheah (Malaysia; 1st) and Jeon Eun Hee & Kim Min Hee (Korea; 3rd).

2016 Asian Championships Women’s Doubles medalists – from left, Baek Seung Ja & Jung Da Wun (Korea; 2nd), Sin Li Jane & Esther Cheah (Malaysia; 1st) and Jeon Eun Hee & Kim Min Hee (Korea; 3rd).

Target 24th Asian Championships – Women’s Doubles

Target 24th Asian Championships – Men’s All-Events after 12/24 Games

Top 16 will advance to the Masters finals

Target 24th Asian Championships – Women’s All-Events after 12/24 Games

Top 16 will advance to the Masters finals

Author: Herbert Bickel
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