Korean women dominate Doubles competition at 16th Asian Games


    2010 Asian Games

    China gets bronze as Asian Games Rules do not permit medal sweep

    2010AGChoiJinA.jpg2010AGGangHyeEun.jpgChoi Jin-A and Gang Hye-Eun (pictured l-r) earned the second gold medal for the Korean women bowlers at the 16th Asian Games as the duo knocked down record 2687 pins, an average of 223.92, en route to win the Doubles competition on long oil Thursday Tianhe Bowling Hall in Guangzhou, China.

    The Koreans had games of 452, 445, 445, 481, 463 and 401 to break the record set by 2006 Doha Asian Games champions, Valerie Teo and Michelle Kwang from Singapore, by 16 pins.

    Defending All Events and Masters champion Choi led the duo with 1396, the second-highest individual series of the day, and Gang contributed 1291.

    The 37 teams were split into two squads, A and B. For the fourth time in as many events the gold medalist bowled in Squad A. The Koreans led Squad 1 by more than 100 pins as second placed Misaki Mukotani and Kanako Ishimine of Japan checked in with 2580 (215 average).

    Zhang Yuhong and Yang Suiling of China set the pace in Squad B and led the field after three games with 1360. Wang Yu-Ling and Tang Ya-Chun of Chinese Taipei were close behind with 1339 including a 277 and 735 by Tang, the highest game and the highest three-game series of the event. However, the spinners could not match their pace in the second block eventually finishing eighth with 2514.

    The two other Korean Doubles, Hong Su-Yeon and Son Yun-Hee and Hwang Sun-Ok and Jeon Eun-Hee overtook the lead after five games and challenged their team mates.

    Hong/Son closed out their block with games of 487 and 450 to lead Squad B with 2664 (222.00) to earn the silver medal. Son had the highest six-game series with 1397 and Hong added 1267.

    Singles champion Hwang and team mate Jeon finished 61 pins behind with 2603 to land in third place. However, as Asian Games Rules do not permit a medal sweep by one country the fourth-placed team was going for bronze.

    Zhang/Yang and Liza Clutario and Liza Del Rosario battled it out with the Japanese for the medal. The Chinese finished with 430 and 2593 and Mukotani/Ishimine fell out of the medals. Despite posting the field-best 1376 three-game series in the second block, the Filipinas fell nine pins short with 2584 to hand the bronze medal to China.

    Singles gold medalist Hwang widened her lead in All Events to 69 pins after 12 of 24 games with 2764 and an average of 230.33. Her compatriots Son Yun-Hee and Hong Su-Yeon moved into second and third with 2695 and 2596, respectively.

    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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    16th Asian Games - Women's Doubles

    * China receives the bronze medal.


    Individual High Game/High Series
    1 Game: Tang Ya-Chun, Chinese Taipei - 277
    3 Games: Tang Ya-Chun, Chinese Taipei - 735
    6 Games: Son Yun-Hee, Korea - 1397

    Team High Game/High Series
    1 Game: Misaki Mukotani/Kanako Ishimine, Japan - 502
    3 Games: Liza Clutario/Liza Del Rosario, Philippines - 1376
    6 Games: Choi Jin-A/Gang Hye-Eun, Korea - 2687


    Women's All Events - Standings after 12 of 24 games