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Korea sweeps Asian Seniors Championship doubles titles

In a clean sweep, the Korean men and women earned the gold medals in senior and grand senior doubles in the 14th Asian Senior Tenpin Bowling Championships in Seoul, Korea.

After Korea shared the four gold medals in singles with Japan, the host country took all four gold medals on the second day of competition at East Seoul Grand Bowling Center, in addition to one silver and two bronze medals.

The Korean women (pictured above) swept the medals in senior doubles. Singles silver medalist Lee Mi Sook teamed with Kang Ye Jin to win the gold medal with 2610 total and an average of 217.50. Lee and Kang had six games between 414 and 461.

Singles bronze medalist Cho Yoon Ok and Lee Hwa Ja were just six pins behind in second place with 2604, while Kim Hwa Ja and Lee Sung Hee used a big 500 last game to clinch the bronze medal with 2508.

Joung Myong Jin and Yoon Jong Guk averaged 241.25 as team to cruise to the gold medal in men’s senior doubles with 2895. Joung led the team with 1452 (242 ave.) with Yoon mere nine pins behind on 1443, the two highest blocks in the division.

Yasuyuki Ishizuka and Takahiro Suzuki were 145 pins behind to take the silver medal with 2750, with Jeong Yang Seo and Park Sung Kuk of Korea in third place with 2738.

2016AsSrCKosakuKurohata3002016AsSrCTsuyoshiIida300Kosaku Kurohata (left) produced one of the day’s top highlights by recording the second 300 game of the Championships. His fellow countryman Tsuyoshi Iida (right) rolled the first perfecto in men’s senior singles.

Men’s grand senior singles champion Kim Jong Tuck posted the field-best 1524 series, an average of 254, and Choi Yoon Chil added 1342, including 60 pins handicap, to coast to the gold medal with 2866 total. Kim had games of 267, 237, 269, 290, 217 and 244.

Japan’s Yusuke Harimoto and Chikataka Iwai and their compatriots Masanobu Matsui and Hidehiro Madore took silver and bronze with 2760 and 2683, respectively.

On the grand senior women’s side, singles silver medal winner Jang Ae Sim joined forces with Lee Jong Sun to claim gold in doubles with 2362 total, an average of 196.83. Jang led the way with 1257 and Lee, who finished fourth in singles, added 1105.

Harumi Chatani and Junko Kuji of Japan took the silver medal with 2293. Maxine Forrest and Val Porteous became the first medalist in this Championships who is not from Korea or Japan. The Aussies toppled 2146 pins and received a combined handicap of 90 pins to earn the bronze medal with 2236 total.

2016AsSrCLogoThe 14th Asian Seniors Championship will be 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) will compete in the Senior Division (50 to 64 years of age) and 94 bowlers (55 men and 39 women) will compete 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.

Photos courtesy of Korea Senior Bowling Federation.

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