Korea's Son Yun Hee, Lee Na Young lead in Women's Masters after 8 games on short oil


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    Sin Li Jane (MAS) sits in third place heading into Thursday's second block on long oil before the cut to the top 3 for the stepladder finals



    2014AsianGamesSonYunHee.jpg2014AsianGamesLeeNaYoung5.jpgMultiple World and Asian champions Son Yun Hee (pictured left) and Lee Na Young of Korea took the lead in Women's Masters at the 17th Asian Games bowling competition after the first eight-game block on short oil Wednesday at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium.

    Son, who has won the gold medals in Trios and Team, toppled 1671 pins, an average of 208.88, and compiled a 4-4 won-lost record (10 pins bonus per win, 5 for a tie) to lead the field of 16 women from 10 countries with 1711 total pins.

    Lee, who joined Son in Trios and Team and has also won the gold medal in All-Events, averaged 205.88 for 1647 and won five of her eight matches today to sit in second place with 1697.

    2014AsianGamesSinLiJane3.jpgAll-Events and Team silver medalist Sin Li Jane (left) of Malaysia was 25 pins behind to hold third place with 1672 including 40 bonus pins. Just outside the top 3 was Yang Suling of China, who was five pins behind Sin Li in in fourth place with 1667 and a 4-4 match play record.

    Another four players also surpassed the 1600-mark. Fifth place belonged to Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia with 1659 followed by Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia with 1634, both with five wins and three losses today.

    Seventh place belonged to Chinese Taipei spinner Wang Ya Ting who totaled 1631 including the field-best 5-2-1 won-loss-tie record. Rounding out the top 8 was Zhang Yuhong of China, who chalked up 1610 including 50 bonus.

    The 16 men and the 16 women will return on Thursday for the second block of eight games on long oil starting at 9 a.m. (women) and 1 p.m. (men) local time. 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 - Women's Masters after Block 1 of 2

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