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Hong Kong men, Japanese women earn Trios gold at Asian Championships

The men from Hong Kong and the Japanese women, who were second after the first block on long oil, leaped one spot in the second block on medium oil to earn the gold medal in trios in the Target 24th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships Saturday at SCAA bowling center in Hong Kong, China.

Fresh off their victory in doubles, Wu Siu Hong and Michael Mak teamed with Lau Kwun Ho (pictured above, l-r) to win the second gold medal of this Championships for the host country with 3931 pinfall total and an average of 218.39.

The winners had games of 696, 641 and 608 for 1945 on long oil Friday and added 667, 668 and 651 for 1986 on medium oil. Mak led the way with the field-best 1386 series (231 average) and was followed by Wu with the second-highest 1369 series, while Lau contributed 1176.

2016AsCMenTriosSilverThailandThailand’s Kim Bolleby, Yannaphon Larpapharat and singles silver medalist Annop Arromsaranon (l-r) posted the highest three-game block of the event on medium oil to jump from eighth to second place. The Thai bowlers used games of 710, 573 and 722 for 2005 (227.789) and 3900 total to secure the silver medal.

2016AsCMenTriosBronzeKoreaOvernight leader Korea with Park Jong Woo, Ka Soo Hyeong and Cha In Ho (l-r), who had a slim 14-pin lead over Hong Kong after the first block, managed only 1917 (213.00) on the medium pattern to sip two spots to third place with 3876.

With just six game to go in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event), Michael Mak targets his third gold medal as he holds a comfortable 167-pin lead with 4123 or an average of 229.06. Wu Siu Hong (3956) leaped from sixth to second place in the trios event while Malaysia’s Timmy Tan slipped from first to third place on 3947.

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Former World Youth champions Mirai Ishimoto (middle) and Shion Izumune (right) joined forces with Haruna Nojima (left) to win the first gold medal for Japan in this Championships in women’s trios.

Trailing overnight leader Philippines (1960) with Liza Del Rosario, Lara Posadas and Liza Clutario by just 17 pins, the Japanese women rolled three consistent games of 619, 612 and 613 to finish atop the leaderboard with 3787 total and an average of 210.39.

Nojima led the team with 1334 and was followed by Ishimoto with 1294 and Izumune with 1159.

2016AsCWomenTriosSilverKoreaKorea’s singles gold and silver medalists and doubles silver medalists, Jung Da Wun, Baek Seung Ja and Jeon Eun Hee (r-l), who started the day in fourth place, leaped two spots behind an 1855 series to earn the silver medal with 3743 (207.94).

2016AsCWomenTriosBronzeMalaysiaNur Syazwani Sahar, Shalin Zulkifli and Victoria Chin (l-r) posted the highest second-block of 1871 (207.88) to move from fifth to third place to earn the bronze medal with 3731 (207.28).

First-round leader Philippines (3603) and third-place Australia (3601) slipped all the way out of the medals to sixth and seventh place.

Jung Da Wun maintained a 171-pin lead in all-events with 3962 and an average of 220.11 for 18 games. Baek Seung Ja remained in second place with 3791 (210.61). Thanks to the field-best 1367 in the trios event, Liza Del Rosario jumped from a tied 16th place to third with 3764 (209.11).

Competition commences Sunday with the first block of the men’s and women’s team event on medium oil followed by the second block on long oil on Monday. The team event will also decide the medals in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event) and the 16 men and women who will advance to the masters finals.

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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