Japan leads in Men's Trios after the first block on short oil at 17th Asian Games


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    Malaysia and Korea sit in second and third place; second block on long oil will be played on Sunday; Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong takes over lead in All-Events after 15/24 games

    2014AsianGamesTomoyukiSasakiShusakuAsatoShogoWada.jpg2014AsianGamesZulmazranZulkifliSyafiqRidhwanTimmyTan.jpgSquad A leaders Tomoyuki Sasaki, Shusaku Asato and Shogo Wada (left, l-r) of Japan averaged 212.78 to take the lead in Men's Trios at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, after the first three-game block on short oil. The Trios event concludes Sunday with the second block on long oil.

    Wada led the way with 646 and was followed by Asato with 641 and Sasaki with 628 to pace the field of 32 trios from 17 countries at the halfway point with 1915 total.

    Malaysia's Zulmazran Zulkifli, Syafiq Ridhwan and Timmy Tan (above right, l-r) finished Squad B with a big 692 game to jump into second place with 1883 and an average of 209.22. Zulkifli had 647, Tan added 638 and Ridhwan contributed 598.

    2014AsianGamesKangHeeWonHongHaeSolShinSeungHyeon.jpg2014AsianGamesNgChiewPangJustinLimKeithSaw.jpgThird place belongs to Kang Hee Won, Hong Hae Sol and Shin Seung Hyeon (left, l-r) from the host country Korea who were mere 12 pins behind the Malaysian with 1871 (207.89). Kang led the team with 648 and was followed by Hong (630) and Shin (593).

    Just outside the box looking in were Singapore's Ng Chiew Pang, Justin Lim and Keith Saw (right, l-r). The Singaporeans started with games of 613 and 673 but had to settle for fourth place with 1850 (205.56) behind a 564 last game.

    2014AsianGamesWuSiuHongMichaelMakEricTseng.jpg2014AsianGamesBiboyRiveraKennethChuaFrederickOng.jpgFifth place belonged to Wu Siu Hong, Michael Mak and Eric Tseng (left, l-r) of Hong Kong, who used three consistent individual series, 608, 612 and 605, resp., for 1825 total pins and an average of 202.78.

    Rounding out the top 6 after the first block were Biboy Rivera, Kenneth Chua and Frederick Ong (right, l-r), Philippines, who were third in Squad A with 1819.

    Wu Siu Hong leads the 102 men from 18 countries in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) after 15 of 24 games with 3122 total and an average of 208.33. Kim Kyung Min of Korea slipped to second place with 3112 while Zulmazran Zulkifli leaped seven spots to third place with 3108.

    Park Jong Woo of Korea and Shaker Al-Hassan, United Arab Emirates, are tied for fourth place at 3096.

    Action shifts to the women's Trios event, who fit into one squad and will complete their first block of three games on short oil Saturday starting at 6 p.m.

    The women will return on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. to determine the medalists in the second block of three games on the long pattern. The men will complete their second block starting at 1.30 and 6 p.m. The victory ceremonies are scheduled for 9.15 (women) and 9.30 p.m. (men).

    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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