Malaysian men hold 99-pin lead in Team event after first block on short oil


    2010 Asian Games

    Aaron Kong shoots 801 individual three-game series

    2010AsianGamesLogo.jpg 2010AGAaronKong.jpgThe Malaysian men had games of 1174, 1045 and 1136 to overtake the lead in the Asian Games five-player team event after the first block on short oil with 3355 pinfall total and an average of 223.67 Sunday morning at Tianhe Bowling Hall in Guangzhou, China.

    Aaron Kong (pictured right) led the team with an 801 effort including games of 268, 235 and 298. Alex Liew had 733 and was followed by Muhd Nur Aiman with 648. Syafiq Ridhwan and Adrian Ang contributed 592 and 581, respectively. Liew and Ang have won the gold medal in Doubles on long oil earlier this week.

    Trailing Malaysia by 99 pins to sit in second place was Qatar with 3256 (217.07). Mansour Al-Awami, who led the team with 739 including a 288 game, Yousef Al-Jaber, Salem Al-Marzouqi, Mubarak Al-Muraikhi and Fahad Al-Emadi posted games of 1040, 1094 and 1122.

    Japan was further 17 pins behind to hold the third position with 3239 as the Team events has reached the halfway point. Shogo Wada (714) and Toshihiko Takahashi (704) led their team mates Tomoyuki Sasaki, Tomokatsu Yamashita and Masaaki Takemoto to games of 1042, 1096 and 1101.

    Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong, Eric Tseng, Michael Mak, Wicky Yeung and Michael Tsang were just 25 pins off the pace for the medals in fourth place with 3214 (214.27) including a high game of 1151. Tsang led the team with 712.

    Fifth place belonged to Korea's Suh Sang-Cheon, Choi Young-Kyu, Cho Young-Seon, Choi Bok-Eum and Hong Hae-Sol, who were just six pins behind Hong Kong in fifth place with 3208 including an 1168 in the last game.

    Another three teams, China (3190), Kuwait and Chinese Taipei (tied at 3162) have averaged over 210 to sit in seventh through ninth place.

    2010AGChoiYoungKyu.jpg2010MWCAlexLiew.jpgChoi Young.Kyu (left), Korea maintained his lead in All Events after 21 of 24 games with 4780 pinfall total and an average of 227.62. His compatriot Choi Bok-Eum narrowed the gap to 22 pins to sit in second place with 4758 (226.57). Alex Liew (right), Malaysia moved into third place just two pins behind Bok-Eum with 4756 (226.48).

    There is a bigger gap between third and fourth place as Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia trails Liew by 76 pins with 4680. Aaron Kong, Malaysia jumped from 20th to fifth place with 4664.

    The men will conclude the Team event on Monday morning with the second block on long oil which will also decide the medals in All Events. The top 16 in All Events - maximum two players per country - will advance to the Masters finals.

    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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    16th Asian Games - Men's Team event after three games on short oil

    Games 1-3 on short oil, games 4-6 on long oil.


    Individual High Game/High Series
    1 Game (short oil): Aaron Kong, Malaysia - 298
    3 Games (short oil): Aaron Kong, Malaysia - 801

    Team High Game/High Series
    1 Game (short oil): Adrian Ang/Aaron Kong/Alex Liew/Syafiq Ridhwan/Muhd Nur Aiman, Malaysia - 1174
    3 Games (short oil): Adrian Ang/Aaron Kong/Alex Liew/Syafiq Ridhwan/Muhd Nur Aiman, Malaysia - 3355


    Men's All Events - Standings after 21 of 24 games