Korean men set the pace in Team event after first block on long oil at Incheon Asian Games


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    Indonesia and Hong Kong sit in second and third place; second block on short oil will be played on Tuesday; Thailand's Yannaphon Larp-apharat holds a 55-pin lead in All-Events with only three games remaining

    2014AsianGamesMenTeamKorea.jpgKorea's Park Jong Woo, Choi Bok Eum, Shin Seung Hyeon, Kim Kyung Min and Kang Hee Won (pictured left) averaged 210.40 on the long pattern Monday morning at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium to take the lead in the Men's Team event at the 17th Asian Games.

    The fivesome had games of 1069, 1035 and 1052 for 3156 to lead the field of 17 five-player teams at the halfway point by 79 pins. The second block of three games on short oil will conclude the event on Tuesday.

    Park led the team with 666 and was followed by Kim (637), Shin (627), Kang (626) and Choi (600). With three of six disciplines in the books, the Korean men are lagging behind expectations sitting in fifth place of the medal tally with only one bronze medal (Trios).

    2014AsianGamesMenTeamIndonesia.jpg2014AsianGamesMenTeamHongKong.jpgRyan Lalisang, Billy Muhammad Islam, Diwan Rezaldy Syahril, Yeri Ramadona and Hardy Rachmadian of Indonesia (left) had games of 1001, 1063 and 1013 to sit in second place with 3077 (205.13 average).

    Wicky Yeung, Rickle Kam, Eric Tseng, Wu Siu Hong and Michael Mak of Hong Kong (right) were further 22 pins behind in third place with 3055 (203.67) including games of 999, 1035 and 1021.

    2014AsianGamesMenTeamUAE.jpg2014AsianGamesMenTeamThailand.jpgMere 26 pins off the pace for the medals were Hussain Al-Suwaidi, Hareb Al-Mansoori, Mahmood Al-Attar, Naif Oqab and Shaker Al-Hassan of the United Arab Emirates (left), who chalked up 3029 (201.93).

    Thailand's Annop Arromsaranon, Panuruj Vilailak, Atittarat Cheng, Sithiphol Kunaksorn and Yannaphon Larp-apharat (right) posted 3022 (201.47) and were the last team with an average of more than 200 in fifth place.

    2014AsianGamesYannaphonLarpapharat2.jpg2014AsianGamesRyanLalisang.jpgSingles gold medalist Yannaphon Larp-apharat (left) used the second-highest individual series of 702 including high games of 268 and 247 to take a 55-pin lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) with only three more games to go. Yannaphon has toppled 4465 pins in 21 games, an average of 212.62.

    Ryan Lalisang (right) remained in second place with 4410 and was followed by Park Jong Woo (below right) in third place with 4406. Previous leader Wu Siu Hong fell three spots and is tied for fourth place with Kim Kyung Min on 4377.

    2014AsianGamesParkJongWoo.jpgThe men are done for today and will return Tuesday at 9 a.m. for the second block on short oil. The women's teams bowl their first block on long oil this afternoon and the second block on the short on Tuesday afternoon starting 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 but maximum two players per NOC, 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 Team Results after Block 1/2

    Standings after three games on long oil.


    17th Asian Games - Men's All-Events after 21 of 24 games

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