Korean men's and women's Trios sweep gold and silver medals at East Asian Games

    10/11/13

    2013 East Asian Games

    Korean bowlers hold top four places in men's and women's All-Events heading into the five-player Team event

    2013EAGChoiBokEumKimJunYungParkJongWoo.jpgSouth Korea captured the sixth and seventh gold medal in the East Asian Games tenpin bowling competition as the men and women swept the gold and silver medals in the Trios event.

    Choi Bok Eum, Kim Jun Yung and Park Jong Woo (pictured left, l-r) averaged 233.22 over six games (first three games on long oil, second three games on short oil) to cruise to the men's title with 4198 total.

    2013EAGKimJuYoungChoYoungSeoShinSeungHyeon.jpgThe trio, which had four 700-plus games including a 770 high games, was led by Singles champion Choi, who totaled 1537, an average of 256.17. Kim added 1350 and Park had 1311. They outaveraged their compatriots Kim Ju Young, Cho Young Seon and Shin Seung Hyeon (right, l-r), who took the silver medal with 3861 (214.50), by more than 18 pins.

    2013EAGShogoWadaDaisukeYoshidaShusakuAsato.jpgThe bronze medal went to Singles silver medalist Daisuke Yoshida (left, center) and his team mates Shogo Wada (l.) and Shusaku Asato (r.) of Japan, who were mere 10 pins behind Korea 2 with 3851 (213.94).

    Besides the silver medal in Singles, the Korean men have won the maximum medals possible in three events, and they are on course to sweep the medals in All-Events as they hold the top four spots heading into the last six games in the Team of Five event.

    Choi holds a 288-pin lead with 4337 and an average of 240.94. Shin is second with distant 4049 and is followed by Cho and Park with 4003 and 3984, respectively. Michael Mak of Hong Kong is the best of the rest of East Asia in fifth place with 3928.

    2013EAGLeeNaYoungSonYunHeeKimMoonJeong.jpgSingles co-champions Kim Moon Jeong and Son Yun Hee teamed with bronze medalist Lee Na Young (pictured left, r-l) to win the women's Trios gold with 3897 and an average of 216.50. The team, which had a slim six-pin lead after the first block on long oil, rolled the highest block on short oil to maintain the pole position.

    Lee led the trio with 1347 and was followed by Son with 1307 and Kim on 1243, exactly the same line-up as in the All-Events (combined results in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team) standings after 18 of 24 games.

    2013EAGRyuSeoYeonBaekSeungJaJungDaWun.jpgLee paces the field with 3981 and an average of 221.17 with Son mere three pins behind in second place at 3978 (221.00) and Kim a distant third at 3863. Fourth place belonged to their compatriot Jung Da Wun with 3837, while Chien Hsiu Lan of Chinese Taipei is the best non-Korean woman in fifth place with 3759.

    2013EAGPanYuFenChouChiaChenTsaiHsinYi.jpgJung teamed with Baek Seung Ja and Ryu Seo Yeo (right, r-l) to secure the silver medal in Trios with 3690 and an average of 205.00. Chinese Taipei's Pan Yu Fen, Chou Chia Chen and Tsai Hsin Yi (left, l-r) beat out their fellow countrywomen, Doubles bronze medalists Chien and Li Shiau Ping, and Wang Ya Ting for the bronze medal by 41 pins, 3690 to 3649.

    Besides the bronze medal in Singles, the Korean women have won the maximum medals possible in three events, and actually even more than that as they managed to get two gold medals in Singles instead of getting "only" gold and silver.

    Action shifts to men's and women Team of Five Thursday thru Saturday. The Team event also determines the medals in All-Events and the players, who will advance to the Masters competition.

    2013EastAsianGamesTianjinLogo.jpg 84 players - 38 women and 46 men - from eight East Asian countries, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Mongolia, Chinese Taipei and host country China, compete in the 6th East Asian Games Bowling Championships from Oct. 5-16 at Tianjin Tuanbo Bowling Center in Tianjin, China.

    Men and women will bowl in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team of Five, All-Events and Masters (top 16 men and women in All-Events).

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

     


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