Korea targets third Asian Games gold medal in Women's Trios


    2010 Asian Games

    Defending champion leads first block on long oil with record-tying 2051

    2010AGChoiJinA.jpg2010AGSonYunHee.jpgThe Korean women's target the third gold medal in as many events in the Asian Games bowling competition after Singles champion Hwang Sun-Ok, Doubles champion Choi Jin-A (pictured left) and their team mate Son Yun-Hee (right) took a 40-pin lead in the Trios event after the first block on long oil.

    The Koreans posted games of 644, 711 and 696 for 2051 three game total or an average of 227.90 to tie the record set by the Korean trio which won the gold medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

    Choi led the team with 718 and was followed by Hwang who was on the 2006 gold medal trio, with 689 while Son added 644.

    Singapore's Cherie Tan, Geraldine Ng and Singles silver medalist Shayna Ng started their three-game block with 648 and 628 before they closed out the set with a huge 735 (Cherie 231, Geraldine 256, and Shayna 248) to jump into second place with 2011 and an average of 223.44.

    Third place belonged to Japan with 2008 including games of 662, 697 and 649. Maki Nakano led all women with 721 (240.33) behind games of 244, 241 and 236 while Misaki Mukotani and Kanako Ishimine contributed 683 and 604, respectively.

    Malaysia with Esther Cheah, Sharon Koh and Shalin Zulkifli is 17 pins off the pace for medals in fourth place with 1991. The host country China with Zhang Yuhong, Yang Suiling and Chen Dongdong was another 16 pins behind in fifth place with 1975.

    Sixth place belonged to Liza Clutario, Liza Del Rosario and Apple Posadas of the Philippines, who chalked up 1952. The second duo from Korea featuring Doubles champion Gang Hye-Eun, Hong Su-Yeon and Jeon Eun-Hee started with 651 and 660 but had to settle for seventh place with 1896 behind 581 in the last game.

    Putty Armein missed the second perfecto of the Asian Games (Shayna Ng accomplished the feat in Singles) by one pin when the Indonesian sandwiched a 299 game between 182 and 166 (647).

    2010AGHwangSunOk.jpgWith 15 of 24 games in the books, Singles gold medalist Hwang Sun-Ok (pictured left) widened her lead in All Events from 69 to 114 pins. The Korean leads the field with 3453 pinfall total and an average of 230.20.

    Her compatriot Son Jun-Hee remained in second place with 3339 (222.60) while defending All Events and Masters champion Choi Jin-A used her 718 series to leap from sixth to third place with 3267. All six Korean players are among the top 16. According to Asian Games rules only two players per country can win medals and also only two can advance to the Masters finals.

    The 23 trios will return on Saturday morning to determine the champions in the second block of three games on the short oil conditioning.

    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 - 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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