Thailand's Yannaphon Larp-apharat starts 17th Asian Games with victory in Men's Singles


    2014 Asian Games

    China's Du Jianchao and Thailand's Sithiphol Kunaksorn take silver and bronze

    2014AsianGamesYannaphonLarpapharat.jpgThailand's Yannaphon Larp-apharat (pictured left) captured the first gold medal in the tenpin bowling competition of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, when he posted a big last game to finish his six games in Squad B with 1319 total and an average of 219.83 Tuesday at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium.

    2014AsianGamesYannaphonLarpapharatKimEuiYoung.jpgTrailing his compatriot Sithiphol Kunaksorn by 53 pins heading into the last game on the 46-ft. long pattern, Yannaphon fired a 245 game, while Sithiphol managed only 172, to win the gold medal in Men's Singles.

    It was the first gold medal for Yannaphon (right with Thai Tenpin Bowling Association head coach and USBC silver level coach, Kim Eui Young, Korea) in his fourth Asian Games. He also owns a silver medal in Singles (2002 - Busan, Korea) and a bronze medal in All-Events (2006 - Doha, Qatar).

    2014AsianGamesDuJianchao.jpg2014AsianGamesSithipholKunaksorn.jpgFellow B Squad bowler Du Jianchao (left) of China finished his last game with 202 including a strike on the fill ball to hit 1300 on the nose en route to overtake Sithiphol by one pin and to earn the silver medal.

    Sithiphol (right), who averaged over 225 in the first five games, took bronze with 1299.

    2014AsianGamesZulmazranZulkifli.jpg2014AsianGamesAnnopArromsaranon.jpgZulmazran Zulkifli (left) of Malaysia, who set the pace in Squad A with 1298, missed the silver medal by two pins and the bronze medal by just one pin to finish in fourth place. Another Thai bowler, Annop Arromsaranon (right) was fifth with 1273. Park Jong Woo (below right) was the top bowler of the host country Korea in sixth place with 1269.

    Action shifts the Women's Singles on Wednesday. The 74 women from 14 countries will be split into two squads to bowl six games on long oil with Squad A starting at 9 a.m. local time and Squad B to follow at 2.30 p.m. The victory ceremony is slated for 6.45 p.m.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

    2014AsianGamesLogo.jpg 2014AsianGamesParkJongWoo.jpgThe Asian Games, a.k.a. Asiad, is a Pancontinental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The XVII Asian Games run from September 19th to October 4th in Incheon, South Korea, featuring more than 9000 athletes from 25 countries, who will compete for medals in 36 sports.

    Bowling made its debut in 1978 (Bangkok, Thailand) and returned in 1986 (Seoul, Korea) and was part of the Games in each event since 1994 (Hiroshima, Japan). The Bowling competition of the Incheon Asian Games will be contested Sept. 23 - Oct. 2 at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium bowling center.

    176 players, 102 men and 74 women, from 19 countries - China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Macau, China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen and the host country Korea - bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters.


    The competition will be contested on a 36-feet short and a 46-feet long lane conditioning pattern. See also the Kegel Lane Map Report.

    The winners in Singles (long oil), Doubles (short oil), Trios (short/long) and Teams (long/short) will be determined by the highest six-game total. The player with the highest 24 game total of the four disciplines will become the All-Events champion.

    The top 16 women and top 16 men in All-Events, but maximum two per national Olympic Committee, advance to the Masters finals Oct. 1 & 2. Those 16 bowl two eight-game blocks of Round Robin match play - first block on short, second block on long oil - to determine the top 3 players for the stepladder finals, which will conclude the Asian Games bowling competition.


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