Australia (2), Korea and Japan share the gold medals in Doubles at Asian Seniors Championship



    2013AsSrCBobWhybrowPaulTerry.jpgAustralia (2), Korea and Japan shared the gold medals in Doubles on the second day of competition in the 12th Asian Seniors Tenpin Bowling Championship currently underway at AMF Rooty Hill RSL Bowling Center in Sydney, Australia.

    Men and women compete for medals in two age groups, Senior (50 & over) and Grand Senior (60 & over).

    Three Aussie Doubles pairs withstood the pressure of a determined Korean challenge to a clean sweep of the medals in Senior Men's Doubles. Bob Whybrow and Paul Terry (pictured left, l-r) were victorious with a 2605 pinfall, ahead of Singles champion Mick Talevski and Mario Cordedda on 2533, while Jim Bakirtzidis and Andrew Campbell won Bronze with 2519.

    2013AsSrCLeeHwaJaKimMiJa.jpgAt the other end of the 34-lane AMF Rooty Hill RSL Bowl in Senior Women's Doubles, Korea's Lee Hwa Ja and Kim Mi Ja (right, l-r) took gold comfortably with 2611 ahead of teammates Kim Myo Seon and Kim Gwi Nan on 2533. Eiko Toriyabe and Yuko Miyakura of Japan collected Bronze on 2393.

    The Australian duo of John Sullivan and Brian Looby led the 30 teams at the half-way point of the Grand Seniors Men's Doubles and maintained their form to clinch gold ahead of Japan's Kokichi Itagaki and Yusuke Harimoto with a 94 pin margin and 2694 total.

    The medal race for Bronze came down to the wire. Australian pair Robert Zikman and Greg Williams leapfrogged from sixth place into third with a thrilling 479 final game, leaving two Japanese Doubles pairs in their wake.

    2013AsSrCTomokoYoshikawaKazumiKoike.jpgThe Japanese duo of Tomoko Yoshikawa and Kazumi Koike (left, l-r) came out of the blocks firing with back to back 447 games in the Grand Senior Women's Doubles event en route to win the gold medal with an overall pinfall, with handicap, of 2473 ahead of team mates Masako Takamoto and Harumi Chatani, who took silver with 2422.

    The race for Bronze was another cliffhanger, with Korea's Park Myung Suk and Choi Soon Nam earning bronze by a narrow two-pin margin over Junko Kuji and Misako Karatsu from Japan.

    Going into tomorrow's Team of Four events, Australia's John Sullivan leads the Grand Senior Men's All Events tally ahead of fellow Victorian Robert Zikman, Mike Talevski from Australia leads the Senior Men's All Events ahead of Lee Soo Ho from Korea and Korean Lee Hwa Ja has a comfortable lead in the Senior Women's All Events.

    2013AsSrCLogo_small.jpgAction shifts to the team competition on Monday. The first block of three games starts at 9 a.m. Australian Eastern Daylight Time (CET -10 hours / EST -16 hours) with the second block slated for 1.30 p.m.

    Story and Results courtesy of TBA. Photos Barry Davies.


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