Hwang Sun-Ok storms to the gold medal in Women's Singles at 16th Asian Games


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    2010AsianGamesLogo.jpg 2010AGHwangSunOk.jpgHwang Sun-Ok (pictured right) captured the first gold medal for Korea in the 16th Asian Games bowling competition as the multiple World and Asian champion stormed to the title in Women's Singles Tuesday at Tianhe Bowling Hall in Guangzhou, China.

    The 75-player field was divided into two squads (A and B). Sun-Ok, who has won two gold medals (Singles and Team) and one silver in the 2008 Hong Kong Asian Championships and two gold (Doubles and Team) and a silver medal in Masters at the 2009 Women's World Championships in Las Vegas, came out of the gates quickly.

    The favorite posted games of 219, 237 and 259 for the field.-best 715 series and closed things out with 2140, 215 and 225 to lead Squad A with 1395 six-game total and an average of 232.50.

    2010AGShaynaNg.jpg2010AGNewHuiFen.jpgShayna Ng (left), Singapore, started her series on the short oil conditioning pattern with 663/3 before she posted the first 300 game in the 16th Asian Games to overtake Sun-Ok by five pins. Ng widened her lead to 17 pins behind a 227 in game #5 but a low game of 153 cost the pole position. Ng finished with 1342 (223.67) to maintain a slim 1-pin lead over team mate New Hui Fen (right), who took the third place with 1341.

    Hong Su-Yeon, Korea, had a slow start with 620/3 but came up strong with 709 (237, 268 and 204) to fall 12 pins short of the medals with 1329. 2006 Doha Asian Games Singles silver medalist Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, landed in fifth place with 1300. The third Korean, Son Yun-Hee was sixth with 1298.

    The top 3 had to sit and wait if their scores would hold on to win a medal when the players of Squad B took to the lanes featuring defending Asian Games champion Putty Armein, Indonesia, and bronze medalist Haruka Matsuda, Japan.

    Matsuda led Squad B after three games with 686 but could not match her pace in the second three games and had to settle for ninth place with 1289. Cherie Tan, Singapore overtook Matsuda by 20 pins thanks to a huge 289 game but could not challenge her team mates Ng and New.

    World Youth champion Sharon Koh led Squad B with 1135 heading into the final game needing a 260-plus game to win the title but only a solid 208-game to grab silver. When the dust had settled Koh checked in with 183 and 1318 to finish in fifth place, while Tan was sixth with 1309.

    Squad A leader Hwang Sun-Ok, Korea, took the gold medal while Singaporeans Shayna Ng and New Hui Fen received silver and bronze.

    75 women from 14 countries - Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the host country China - will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Team, All Events and Masters.


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