Overnight leaders Timmy Tan
of Malaysia and Jung Da Wun
of South Korea remained atop the men’s and women’s leaderboard in the third and last squad Wednesday morning to win the gold medal in singles at the Target 24th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships.
Tan (left) averaged 228.67 on medium oil at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Center to lead the 135-player men’s field with 1372 six-game total. Tan rolled two consistent three-game blocks of 692 and 680 in squad 2, including games of 248, 226, 218, 238, 224 and 218.
Annop Arromsaranon (right) of Thailand closed squad 3 with his high game of 245 but fell two pins short to take the silver medal with 1370 (228.33). Michael Mak (left) of Hong Kong, a two-time Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour champion this season, slipped to third place to earn the bronze medal with 1346 (224.33).
World and Asian champion, Park Jong Woo of Korea, who was third in squad 2, fell out of the medals to fourth place with 1321.
Reigning World Championships Masters champion Jung Da Wun (right), who averaged 227 in squad 2, remained unchallenged in the women’s division to win the gold medal with 1362, including games of 205, 234, 257, 190, 247 and 229.
Trailing her teammate by 61 pins to earn the silver medal was Baek Seung Ja (left), who posted the only other 1300-series in squad 3. Baek, who had five games between 227 and 194 to start the set, closed with a big 243 game to secure second place with 1301 and an average of 216.83.
Wang Ya-Ting (right) of Chinese Taipei was mere three pins behind Baek with 1298 to grab the bronze medal.
Futaba Imai of Japan and Victoria Chin of Malaysia, who were in second and third place after squad 2, slipped to fourth and fifth place with 1282 and 1281, respectively.
Competition commences Wednesday afternoon and Thursday with men’s and women’s doubles on long oil.
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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