Korean men defend Team title at 17th Asian Games


    2014 Asian Games

    As in the 2010 Asian Games, Malaysia takes silver and Hong Kong gets bronze; Korea's Park Jong Woo captures gold medal in All-Events, silver and bronze for Yannaphon Larp-apharat (THA) and Kang Hee Won (KOR)



    2014AsianGamesMenTeamKorea3.jpgThe Men's Team event at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Kore, had exactly the same medalists as four years ago in the Guangzhou, China Asian Games as Korea successfully defended the title and Malaysia and Hong Kong retained silver and bronze Tuesday at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium.

    After leading the 17 teams on the long pattern yesterday with 3156, Korea's Park Jong Woo, Choi Bok Eum, Shin Seung Hyeon, Kim Kyung Min, Hong Hae Sol and Kang Hee Won (pictured left) also topped the three-game block on the short with 3072 to cruise to the gold medal with 6228 and an average of 207.60.

    Park led the team with 1307, Shin had 1273 and was followed by Kim with 1227 and Choi with 1191. Kang who bowled 626 on long was replaced by Hong who toppled 604 on the short.

    It was the first gold medal for the Korean men's team in this Games and the fourth for Korea overall.

    2014AsianGamesMenTeamMalaysia2.jpg2014AsianGamesMenTeamHongKong2.jpgStarting the day in eighth place behind a 2938 series yesterday, Syafiq Ridhwan, Adrian Ang, Rafiq Ismail, Alex Liew, Timmy Tan and Zulmazran Zulkifli (left) put together 978 and 1060 to leap into third place heading into the last game.

    A 1010 game propelled the Malaysians into second place with 3048 and 5986, an overall average of 199.53. Ang led the team on short with a 691 series, the highest set of the players, who bowled on the 17 teams.

    Wicky Yeung, Rickle Kam, Eric Tseng, Wu Siu Hong and Michael Mak of Hong Kong (right), who leaped one spot into second place with games of 1002 and 926, slipped back to third place behind a 917 last game to retain the bronze medal with 5900 (196.67).

    2014AsianGamesMenTeamChina.jpg2014AsianGamesMenTeamUAE.jpgChina's Mi Zhongli, Wang Shizhen, Qi Wankang, Wang Zhiyong and Du Jianchao (left), who started the day in seventh place, and fourth-place Hussain Al-Suwaidi, Hareb Al-Mansoori, Mahmood Al-Attar, Naif Oqab and Shaker Al-Hassan of the United Arab Emirates (right) finished strong but had to settle for fourth place tie with 5896 (196.53), just four pins off the pace for bronze.

    2014AsianGamesMenTeamIndonesia2.jpg2014AsianGamesParkJongWoo2.jpgRyan Lalisang, Billy Muhammad Islam, Diwan Rezaldy Syahril, Yeri Ramadona and Hardy Rachmadian of Indonesia (left), who were second after the first block, slipped all the way out of the medals to sixth place with 5837 (194.57) behind a 2760 series on short oil.

    Thanks to his 641 series today, Park Jong Woo (right) of Korea overtook Yannaphon Larp-apharat to win the gold medal in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) with 5047 and an average of 210.29. It was second gold medal for the Korean men and the fifth overall.

    2014AsianGamesYannaphonLarpapharat3.jpg2014AsianGamesKangHeeWon.jpgSingles gold medalist Larp-apharat (left) was 32 pins behind in second place with 5015 to receive the silver medal. Kang Hee Won (right) of Korea bowled his three games today in one of so-called "make-up teams" and posted games of 226, 222 and 245 for the field-best 693 series (231.00) to jump from 11th to third place to earn the bronze medal with 4999 (208.29).

    Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia slipped from second to fourth place with 4986. Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia made a late charge and leaped from eighth to fifth place with 4980.

    The top 16 players but only two per country in All-Events advance to Masters Match Play on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Korea, which had four players in the top 16, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, UAE and Hong Kong will be represented by two players, while Singapore and China have one player each in the competition.

    19th place Michael Mak, Hong Kong, took the final berth with 4826 and an average of 201.08.

    The 16 men will bowl the first eight games of match play Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. local time with the 16 women to follow at 1 p.m. For the second eight games on Thursday, the same starting times apply.

    The top three men and the top three women after 16 games including bonus pins (10 for a win, 5 for a tie) will determine the Masters champions in the stepladder finals slated for 3.30 p.m. The bowling competition of the 17th Asian Games will come to an end with the Victory Ceremonies from 6.15 to 6.30 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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    17th Asian Games - Men's Team Results

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


    17th Asian Games - Men's All-Events Results

    Final Standings after 24 games (six games each in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams). The top 16 players but maximum two per NOC advance to the Masters finals (marked in yellow).