Chinese Taipei's Chou Chia Chen cruises to the title in Women's Singles


    2014 Asian Games

    Squad A leader remains atop the 74-player leaderboard; B Squad leaders Jazreel Tan (SIN) and Lee Na Young (KOR) take silver and bronze

    2014AsianGamesChouChiaChen2.jpgChou Chia Chen (pictured left) of Chinese Taipei stunned the favorites from Korea, Singapore and Malaysia as the A Squad leader remained atop the 74-player leaderboard to capture the title and the gold medal in Women's Singles at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.

    2014AsianGamesWomenSinglesSquadATop3.jpgChou averaged almost 227 for her first five games (217, 216, 268, 203 and 230) to hold a 77-pin lead over her nearest competitor. Despite 157 in her last game, Chou led Squad A with 1291 with Singapore's New Hui Fen (left) and Daphne Tan (right) in second and third place with 1271 and 1239, respectively.

    The trio had to sit and wait until the 36 women of Squad B had completed their six-game block on the long pattern to see if their score would hold up for the medals.

    2014AsianGamesJazreelTan2.jpg2014AsianGamesLeeNaYoung2.jpgJazreel Tan (left) of Singapore led Squad B after finishing her set with a huge 256 game but fell 14 pins short off the lead with 1277 handing the gold medal to Chou.

    Lee Na Young (right) of the host country Korea closed her six-game block with 223 for 1272 to squeeze into third place to secure the bronze medal.

    New Hui Fen, who won the bronze medal in Singles at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China with 1341, missed the bronze medal by just one pin to finish in fourth place.

    2014AsianGamesEstherCheah.jpg2014AsianGamesWomenSinglesTop3.jpgEsther Cheah (right) of Malaysia was fifth with 1255 and was followed by fellow B Squad bowlers Zhang Yuhong and Yang Suling, China, in sixth and seventh place with 1254 and 1250, resp., and Indonesia's Sharon Limansantoso in eighth place with 1246 with Daphne Tan in ninth place.

    Action shifts the Men's Doubles on Thursday. The 103 men from 18 countries will be split into two squads to bowl six games on short 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 The 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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    Final standings after six games on long oil.