Wu Siu Hong sets the pace in Men's Masters in Block 1 on short oil at 17th Asian Games


    2014 Asian Games

    Hong Kong bowler leads Hussain Al-Suwaidi (UAE) and Du Jianchao (CHN) by 10 and 39 pins



    2014AsianGamesWuSiuHong.jpg2014AsianGamesHussainAlSuwaidi.jpgWu Siu Hong (pictured left) of Hong Kong took the lead in Men's Masters at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, after the first of two eight-game blocks Wednesday at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium.

    Siu Hong averaged 213.63 on short oil and won five of his eight matches and tied one (10 bonus per win, 5 for a tie) to lead the field of 16 players from nine countries with 1764 total including 55 bonus pins.

    Hussain Al-Suwaidi (right), United Arab Emirates, was mere ten pins behind in second place with 1754. The multiple Asian ranking champion had the field-best 215.50 average but lost five of his eight matches.

    2014AsianGamesDuJianchao2.jpgDu Jianchao (left) of China, who won the bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, had the best 6-2 won-lost record and added 60 bonus to his 1665 pinfall (208.13) to sit in third place with 1725.

    Al-Suwaidi's compatriot, Shaker Al-Hassan, and Doubles gold medalist Yoshinao Masatoki of Japan were tied for fourth place at 1715. Al-Hassan toppled 1670 pins (208.75) and won four matches and tied Siu Hong at 211 in game five, while Masatoki knocked down 1665 pins and won five matches.

    Places six and seven belong to the Korean bowlers. All-Events bronze medalist Kang Hee Won totaled 1713 (1663 plus 50 bonus) and All-Events gold medalist Park Jong Woo was further 11 pins behind with 1702 (1652 plus 50).

    The tenth place bowler after this round is merely 44 pins away from third place, making Thursday's final round before the cut to the top three promising to be an extra exciting round.

    The men are done for today and will return on Thursday for the second block of eight games on long oil starting at 1 p.m. local time. The women will bowl their first block on short oil later this afternoon and return Thursday for the second block starting at 9 a.m.

    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. on Thursday.

    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 Masters after Block 1 of 2

    Top 3 after 16 games including bonus pins advance to the stepladder finals.