Korea takes first-round lead in Men's Trios at 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships


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    Park, Shin, Hong pace the 41 Trios after Block 1 on medium oil with an average of 238; Malaysia's Mohd Rafiq Ismail takes pole position in All-Events after 15 of 24 games

    2015AsCTriosHongParkShin.jpgAfter a clean sweep of the medals in the Doubles event, the Korean men have their sights set on the Trios title in the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Hong Hae Sol, Park Jong Woo and Shin Seung Hyeon (pictured left, l-r; photos courtesy of TTBA) averaged 238 in the first three-game block on the medium lane conditioning pattern including a high game of 783 to lead the field of 41 trios from 21 countries with 2142 pinfall total.

    Park, who won three gold medals at the Asian Games and two gold medals at the World Championships last year, led the team with the field-best 766 score including games of 217, 290 and 259, an average of 255.33. Shin added 727 and Hong contributed 649.

    2015AsCTriosKlanbidaChengLarpapharat.jpg2015AsCTriosBarqiShaikhSaud.jpgTrailing the Koreans by 123 pins were Phumin Klanbida, Atittarat Cheng and Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand, who totaled 2019 (224.33) (left, l-r) boosted by Larpapharat's 759 series to take second place.

    Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Al-Saud, Bader Al-Shaikh and Adel Al-Barqi (right, l-r) were further 69 pins behind in third place with 1950 (216.67). Two-time Asian Games champion Al-Shaikh carried the team with 734.

    The second Korean trio featuring five-time World Champion Choi Bok Eum, Kim Jun Yung and World Masters Champion Kang Hee Won in 21st place (1850, 205.56) is merely 100 pins away from third place, making tomorrow's second block promising to be an extra exciting round.

    Malaysia's Mohd Rafiq Ismail used a 763 series today to take over the pole position in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) after 15 of 24 games with 3515 total and an average of 234.33. Park Jong Woo leaped three spots into second place with 3458 (230.53) and is followed by Hong Hae Sol, who fell from first to third place with 3453 (230.20).

    Yuhi Shinbata of >Japan, who missed the third perfecto of the Championships by one pin today, currently holds the 16th and last spot to advance to the Masters competition with 3278 and an average of 218.53.

    The men are done for today and will return Thursday afternoon and evening for the second block on long oil. The women bowl their first block Wednesday evening and return Thursday morning for their second block on long oil.

    ABFLogo_small.jpg2015AsCLogo_small.jpg The 2015 Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, which were originally scheduled for May 2014, will be held from January 15-26 Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand.

    201 athletes, 125 men and 76 women, from 22 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) member federations participate in the 23rd edition of the prestigious event. Each team consists of maximum six male and six female bowlers. Men and women compete in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines: Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All Events and Masters.

    The 23rd Asian Championships will be contested on two oil pattern - a 39 foot medium pattern and a 48 foot long pattern, which will be conditioned by Kegel.

    Singles (six games on long oil) and Doubles (six games on medium oil) will be contested on one oil pattern, while Trios and Team will feature both oil patterns (three games on each pattern). The players with the highest pinfall total after six games will be declared the champions.

    The top 3 in All Events (24 games; individual pinfall total in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team event) receive the medals while the top 16 advance to the Masters finals. The top 3 after two eight-game blocks (first block on medium oil, second block on long oil) will determine the champions in the stepladder final.


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