Biboy Rivera starts 16th Asian Games Bowling competition with victory in Men's Singles


    2010 Asian Games

    Mohd Al-Regebah has to settle for silver; Frederick Ong takes the bronze

    2010AsianGamesLogo.jpg2010BWCBiboyRivera3.jpgThe bowling competition of the 16th Asian Games started on Monday at Tianhe Bowling Hall in Guangzhou, China with the Men's Singles event on short oil. Biboy Rivera (pictured), Philippines, rolled games of 256, 196, 233, 225, 239 and 265 to claim the gold medal with 1414 and an average of 235.67.

    The 101-player field was divided into two squads. Rivera, the 2006 World Champion in Masters, started in Squad A and led his nearest competitors by 44 and 48 pins, respectively. Choi Yong Kyu, Korea was second with 1370 and Jassim Abbas Darwish, Kuwait was third with 1366.

    Somjed Kusonpithak, Thailand started Squad B with the field-best 771 series (236, 267 and 268) but couldn't match his vigorous pace in the second three-game block and had to settle for ninth place with 1361.

    2010AGMohammedAlRegebah.jpg2010AGFrederickOng.jpgMohammed Al-Regebah (left), Kuwait, took the lead after four games with 1024 behind games of 265, 247, 233 and 279. Needing 391 for two games, the Kuwaiti showed nerves and finished with 194 and 186 to land in second place ten pins short of the gold medal.

    Rivera's compatriot Frederick Ong (right) was also shooting for the gold medal after starting with 730 (236, 248 and 246). After a 199 in game #4, Ong needed two big games and posted 226 and 235 for 1390 to earn the bronze medal.

    Kao Hai Yuan, Chinese Taipei, had three-game series of 710 and 666 and fell 14 pins short of the medals to land in fourth place with 1376. Choi and Darwish slipped to fifth and sixth place with Jang Dong Chul, Korea and 2006 Doha Asian Games Singles champion Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia in seventh and eighth place with 1365 and 1363, respectively.

    101 men from 17 countries - Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, Uzbekistan and the host country China - will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Team, All Events and Masters.


    16th Asian Games - Men's Singles

    High Game/High Series
    1 Game: Eric Tseng, Hong Kong - 289
    3 Games: Somjed Kusonpithak, Thailand - 771
    6 Games: Biboy Rivera, Philippines - 1414