Korean men lead in five-player Team event after the first block on long oil


    2015 AsC Thailand

    Thailand is mere 11 pins behind with Malaysia in third; Korea's Shin Seung Hyeon overtakes the lead in All-Events with three games on medium oil to go on Saturday

     Park Jong Woo, Shin Seung Hyeon, Kim Jun Yung, Kang Hee Won and Hong Hae Sol of Korea rolled games of 1071, 1113 and 1052 on long oil to take the lead in the prestigious five-player Team event in the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships with 3236 pinfall total and an average of 215.73.

    From top left clockwise - Kang, Shin, Kim, Choi, Hong and Park. Click image for larger view. Photos courtesy of TTBA.

    Kim led the team with 720 and was followed by Shin (677), Park (632), Kang (607) and Hong (600) while the sixth Korean player, five-time World Champion Choi Bok Eum, bowled his three games in the so-called 'make-up' teams.

    2015AsCMenTeamThailand.jpg2015AsCMenTeamMalaysia.jpgTrailing the Koreans by mere 11 pins to sit in second place were Surasak Manuwong, Phumin Klanbida, Atittarat Cheng, Annop Arromsaranon and Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand (left), who rebounded from a slow start (978) with games of 1126 and 1121 for 3225 total and an average of 215.

    Rafiq Ismail, Timmy Tan, Johnathan Chan, Nur Aiman and Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia (right) currently hold the bronze medal spot with 3193 including three games between 1024 and 1104.

    2015AsCMenTeamUAE.jpg2015AsCMenTeamJapan.jpgHussain Al-Suwaidi, Hareb Al-Mansoori, Mahmood Al-Attar, Shaker Al-Hassan and Naif Oqab of the United Arab Emirates (left) were just 17 pins outside the top 3 with 3176 as the Arabs closed out her series with a huge 1191 game, the highest game of the day.

    Tomoyuki Sasaki, Takuya Miyazawa, Kenta Yoshida, Yuhi Shinbata and Yusuke Yamamoto of Japan (right) led the field from 20 countries after the first (117) and the second game (1084) but slipped to fifth place due to a final 955 game with 3156 total and an average of 210.40. Sasaki was the best individual player posting a 739 series (246.33 average).

    Shin Seung Hyeon used his 677 series to leap from fourth to first place in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams). The Korean leads the 125-player field from 22 countries after 21 of 24 games with 4786 total and an average of 227.90.

    Asian Games All-Events champion Park Jong Woo was just 16 pins behind to stay in second place with 4770 (227.14). Previous leader Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia slipped to third place with 4750 (226.19) with Hong Hae Sol fourth at 4729 (225.19).

    Naif Oqab had a 727 series today to jump from 10th to fifth place with 4696 (223.62), just 54 pins off the pace for the medals.

    With three more games in the Team event to go, World Championships All-Events gold medalist Choi Bok Eum and Salem Al-Hajras, Kuwait, are tied for 16th and last place to advance to the Masters finals with 4548 (216.57).

    The men are done for today and will return Saturday morning for the second block on medium oil. The women will bowl their first block this afternoon and the second block tomorrow afternoon.

    The Team event also decides the medals in All-Events. The top 16 men and 16 women in All-Events advance to the Masters competition which will conclude the Championships on Sunday and Monday.

    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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    2013 Asian Championships - Men's Team Results after Block 1 on long oil

    Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand (January 23, 2015)


    2013 Asian Championships - Men's All-Events Results

    Standings after 21 of 24 games. The top 16 after 24 games will advance to the Masters finals.

    300 games (4) - Yusuf Al-Awahdi, Bahrain; Mohannad Ebrahim, Kuwait; Takuya Miyazawa, Japan; Johnathan Chan, Malaysia.