Japanese men maintain pole position to win second gold medal for Japan in Men's Trios


    2014 Asian Games

    Malaysia earns the silver medal, while Korea come from behind to secure the bronze medal

    2014AsianGamesShogoWadaTomoyukiSasakiShusakuAsato.jpgSquad A and overnight leaders Shogo Wada, Tomoyuki Sasaki and Shusaku Asato (left, l-r) of Japan averaged 218.44 on long oil and remained atop the leaderboard in Men's Trios to the earn the second gold medal in the Asian Games bowling competition for Japan.

    Squad B trios from Malaysia and Korea took the silver and bronze medals, respectively, Sunday evening at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium.

    The Japanese bowlers, who had a 35-pin lead after yesterday's three-game block on short oil, rolled games of 629, 706 and 631 for 3881 total and an overall average of 215.61 to lead Squad A by almost 200 pins.

    2014AsianGamesKangHeeWonHongHaeSolShinSeungHyeon.jpg2014AsianGamesMenTriosTop3.jpgWada led the way with 1342, Asato added 1309 and Sasaki, the only player in the men's division who has won two medals so far, contributed 1230.

    Korea's Kang Hee Won, Hong Hae Sol and Shin Seung Hyeon (left, l-r), who were in third place after day one, fell far behind after a sub-par 1715 series (190.56 average). The Japanese had to sit and wait for B Squad featuring the top teams from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea.

    2014AsianGamesChoiBokEumKimKyungMinParkJongWoo2.jpg2014AsianGamesTimmyTanSyafiqRidhwanZulmazranZulkifli.jpgMalaysia's Timmy Tan, Syafiq Ridhwan and Zulmazran Zulkifli (left, l-r) started with 602 followed by a big 719 series which left the Malaysians with a realistic shot at the title. Needing a 677 final game to tie Japan for gold, Malaysia managed 597 to earn the silver medal with 3801 (211.17 average).

    Korea's Choi Bok Eum, Kim Kyung Min and Park Jong Woo (right, l-r) and the second Japanese trio featuring Doubles gold medalists Toshihiko Takahashi and Yoshinao Masatoki and Daisuke Yoshida (left, r-l) battled it out for the bronze medal.

    2014AsianGamesNgChiewPangJustinLimKeithSaw.jpg2014AsianGamesAnnopArromsaranonSithipholKunaksornYannaphonLarpapharat.jpgThe Koreans, who started the day from 11th place rolled games of 635, 693 and 616 for 1944 (216 average) and 3715 total to win the bronze medal. Singapore's Ng Chiew Pang, Justin Lim and Keith Saw (left, l-r) were mere 14 pins behind to finish in fourth place with 3701.

    Thailand's Annop Arromsaranon, Sithiphol Kunaksorn and Yannaphon Larp-apharat (right, l-r), the gold medalist in Singles, leaped two spots into fifth place with 3696 and were followed by Wu Siu Hong, Michael Mak and Eric Tseng (below left, l-r) of Hong Kong in sixth place with 3690.

    2014AsianGamesWuSiuHongMichaelMakEricTseng.jpgThe second Japanese trio suffered a 596 final game to tie Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang, Yeri Ramadona and Hardy Rachmadian for seventh place with 3686. The Indonesians, who found themselves in 18th place after the first block (1709), posted the field-best 1977 series on long oil, an average of 219.67, to leap 11 spots.

    Wu Siu Hong maintained his lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) after 18 of 24 games with 3781 total and an average of 210.06. Boosted by a 748 series today, Ryan Lalisang jumped from 14th to second place with 3778.

    Toshihiko Takahashi leaped five spots into third place with 3768. Yannaphon Larp-apharat moved from sixth to fourth place with 3763. Kim Kyung Min and Park Jong Woo are tied for fifth place with 3740.

    Action at the 17th Asian Games shifts to the prestigious five-player Team event, which will be contested on Monday (three games on long oil) and Tuesday (three games on short oil). On both days the men will start at 9 a.m. with the women to follow at 1 p.m. The six games of the Team event will also determine the medals in All-Events and the 16 men and 16 women, who will advance to the Masters finals on Wednesday and Thursday.

    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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    17th Asian Games - Men's Trios Results

    Final Standings after six games; first block on short oil, second block on long oil.


    17th Asian Games - Men's All-Events after 18 of 24 games

    Top 16 (max two per NOC) after 24 games advance to the Masters finals.