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Japan emerges as overall champion as 14th Asian Senior Championships concludes

Jang Rang Hyun of Korea and Japan’s Yumiko Yoshida, Masanobu Matsui and Junko Kuji won the gold medals in men’s and women’s senior and grand senior masters as the 14th Asian Senior Championships concluded with the four championship matches.

2016AsSrCMastersTVFinalsSliderThe masters finals were contested Tuesday at East Seoul Grand Bowling Center in Seoul, Korea, and aired Thursday, Dec. 1, on SBS, Korea’s national sports cable TV.

The top 16 players in all-events in each division advanced to match play masters to bowl 15 games of round robin match play plus one game position round (No. 1 vs. No. 2, No. 3 vs. No. 4 and so on).

Top 2 with the highest 16-game total, including bonus pins (10 for each win, 5 for a tie), bowled for gold and silver in the TV finals for delayed broadcast on Dec. 1. The third-placed bowler after match play received the bronze medal.

2016AsSrCMastersSeniorMenSliderIn the men’s senior finale, singles and all-events gold medalist Jang Rang Hyun earned his third gold medal in this Championships defeating his teammate and No. 1 seed,Yoon Jong Kuk, 227-212. Yoon, who won gold in doubles (with Joung Myong Jin) had to settle for the silver medal. Tomokazu Maeda of Japan earned bronze.

2016AsSrCMastersGrandSeniorMenSliderIn the grand senior men’s division, Masanobu Matsui of Japan stunned Kim Jong Tuck of Korea, 236-214, to win the title and to deny singles, doubles and all-events winner Kim his fourth gold medal.

Kim, who earned bronze in team, received silver and has medaled in all five disciplines. Team champion Chikataka Iwai of Japan earned silver and bronze.

2016AsSrCMastersSeniorWomenSliderOn the women’s side, singles, team and all-events gold medalists Yumiko Yoshida (pictured above and left; second from left) of Japan won her fourth gold medal with a 238-191 victory over fellow countrywoman Eiko Toriyabe. Toriyabe received silver and Cho Yoon Ok of Korea got bronze.

2016AsSrCMastersGrandSeniorWomenSliderIn another all-Japan championship match, grand senior women’s team champion Junko Kuji topped Hiroko Naka, 174-147, to claim her second gold medal. Naka got silver, and Harumi Chatani of Japan took bronze. As the top 3 were from the same country, fourth place Jang Ae Sim of Korea also was awarded bronze.

2016AsSrCLogoThe 14th Asian Seniors Championship was held from Nov. 22-30 at East Seoul Grand Bowling Center, a 47-laner in Seoul, Korea.

The Championship attracted 198 players from eight countries, Australia, China, Guam, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and the host country Korea.

104 bowlers (55 men and 49 women) competed in the Senior Division (50 to 64 years of age) and 94 bowlers (55 men and 39 women) competed in the Grand Senior Division (65 years & over) for gold, silver and bronze medals in men’s and women’s singles, doubles, four-player teams, all-events and masters.

Korea and Japan took the lion’s share of the medals. Korea led the medal tally with 10 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals. Japan was close behind with 10-9-10. The only medal that didn’t went to Korea and Japan was the bronze medal in grand senior women’s doubles, which was won by Maxine Forrest and Val Porteous of Australia.

Points were awarded for the gold, silver and bronze medals in each discipline (5-3-1 in singles, 10-5-2 in doubles and all-events, and 20-10-4 in team and masters) to determine the overall champion.

2016AsSrCOverallCountrsAwardJapanSliderJapan beat out Korea for the country award (right), 243 to 205 points, due to the outstanding performance in the team event, where the Japanese teams won all four gold medals.

2016AsSrCJOkinawaJapantohost2018AsSrCSliderTo conclude the event in Seoul, the Korean Senior Bowling Federation as organizer officially passed the flag of the Championships on to the next host (pictured left). In 2018 the Asian senior and grand senior bowlers will meet in Okinawa, Japan, to compete for medals in the 15th Asian Senior Championships.

Photos courtesy of Korea Senior Bowling Federation.

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2016AsSrCMastersSeniorMenSlider

14th Asian Seniors Championship – Senior Men’s Masters

Top 2 after match play advance to the TV finals to bowl for gold and silver; third-placed player receives bronze.

Gold: Jang Rang Hyun, Korea
Silver: Yoon Jong Kuk, Korea
Bronze: Tomokazu Maeda, Japan

Championship: Jang def. Yoon, 227-212.

2016AsSrCMastersSeniorWomenSlider

14th Asian Seniors Championship – Senior Women’s Masters

Top 2 after match play advance to the TV finals to bowl for gold and silver; third-placed player receives bronze.

Gold: Yumiko Yoshida, Japan
Silver: Eiko Toriyabe, Japan
Bronze: Cho Yoon Ok, Korea

Championship: Yoshida def. Toriyabe, 238-191.

2016AsSrCMastersGrandSeniorMenSlider

14th Asian Seniors Championship – Grand Senior Men’s Masters

Top 2 after match play advance to the TV finals to bowl for gold and silver; third-placed player receives bronze. Players age 70-74 receive 5 pins handicap each game; players 75 and over get 10 pins handicap each game.

Gold: Masanobu Matsui, Japan
Silver: Kim Jong Tuck, Korea
Bronze: Chikataka Iwai, Japan

Championship: Matsui def. Kim, 236-214.

2016AsSrCMastersGrandSeniorWomenSlider

14th Asian Seniors Championship – Grand Senior Women’s Masters

Top 2 after match play advance to the TV finals to bowl for gold and silver; third-placed player receives bronze. Players age 70-74 receive 5 pins handicap each game; players 75 and over get 10 pins handicap each game.

Gold: Junko Kuji, Japan
Silver: Hiroko Naka, Japan
Bronze: Harumi Chatani, Japan, and Jang Ae Sim, Korea

Championship: Kuji def. Naka, 174-147.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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