Korean men on course for gold and silver after first block in Trios event


    2010 Asian Games

    2010AGJangDongChul.jpg2010AGChoiBokEum.jpgThe Korean men target their first medals at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China as they led the field of 33 Trios after the first three-game block on long oil conditioning Friday morning at Tianhe Bowling Hall.

    Jang Dong-Chul (pictured left) and Choi Bok-Eum (right), who missed the bronze medal in Doubles by eight pins, teamed with Choi Young-Kyu to set the pace with 2053 pinfall total and an average of 228.11.

    The Trio sandwiched record 770 between games of 680 and 603. Young-Kyu, who posted a field-best 736 series, had 269 and was followed by Bok-Eum (253) and Dong-Chul (448) to break the record set by Hong Kong in the first game (741) by 29 pins.

    Their team mates Suh Sang-Cheon, Cho Young-Seon and Hong Hae-Sol used three consistent games of 654, 662 and 668 to help grab second place with 1984 (220.44).

    Trailing the Koreans by just one pin to sit in third position were Qatar's Mansour Al-Awami, Mubarak Al Muraikhi and Fahad Al-Emadi. The Arabs started with a huge 699 game and added 666 and 618 for 1983 (220.33).

    Another six trios have cracked the 1900-bar as the competition has reached its halfway point. Wu Siu Hong, Eric Tseng and Michael Mak started the day with record 741 including Tseng's 275, the highest game of the day, and added 590 and 632 to hold fourth place with 1963 mere 20 pins off the pace for the medals.

    Chinese Taipei's Kao Hai Yuan, Wang Tien Fu and Yang Nien Hua had 740 in their first game en route to land in fifth place with 1946. Sixth place belonged to Phoemphun Yakasem, Yannaphon Larp-apharat and Somjed Kusonpithak of Thailand with 1914.

    Zhang Peng, Zhang Yijia and Mi Zhongli of the host country China were four pins behind in seventh place with 1910 with Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang, Hengki I and Rangga Yudhira in eighth (1905) and Chester King, Frederick Ong and Singles champion Biboy Rivera, Philippines in ninth (1900).

    2010AGChoiYoungKyu.jpgWith the help of the 736 series, Choi Young.Kyu (left), Korea overtook the lead in All Events after 15 of 24 games with 3425 pinfall total and an average of 228.33. Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia (3387) and Choi's compatriot Choi Bok-Eum (3376) slipped one spot to second and third place.

    The 33 trios will return on Saturday afternoon to determine the champions in the second block of three games on the short oil conditioning.

    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 - participate in the 16th Asian Games bowling competition at Tianhe Bowling Hall in Guangzhou, China to bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Team, All Events and Masters.


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