Korea women unstoppable; fill the trophy case with team gold at 16th Asian Games


    2010 Asian Games

    Indonesia shoots record 1247 game to jump into second place

    2010AsianGamesLogo.jpg The Korean women filled their trophy case with another team title Monday at Tianhe Bowling Hall in Guangzhou, China capturing the gold medal in the five-player Team event at the 16th Asian Games in record-setting style.

    Choi Jin-A, Gang Hye-Eun, who replaced Hong Su-Yeon on long oil, Son Yun-Hee, Hwang Sun-Ok and Jeon Eun-Hee, who led the field from eleven countries after the first block on short oil, fired games of 1028, 1244 and 1229 for 3601 (233.40 average on long oil) and 6711, an average of 223.70, to establish Asian Games records for three and six games.

    The three-game record of 3501 is just one pin shy of the men's record set by Japan in the 2006 Doha Asian Games. The 6711 pinfall total beats the men's record set by the Korean men earlier today (6654) by 57 pins.

    Choi Jin-A led the team with 1419 and was followed by Hwang Sun-Ok who used a record 790 series (253, 278 and 259) on Monday for 1414. Jeon Eun-Hee had 1286, Son Yun-Hee 1269, while Hong Su-Yeon and Gang Hye-Eun contributed 644 and 679.

    The Korean women now hold all three major international team titles including the World Championships, Asian Championships and Asian Games.

    Indonesia's Putty Armein, Lvana Hie, Novie Phang, Sharon Liminsantoso and Tannya Roumimper, who posted a record 1247 game on the short pattern yesterday, maintained their second place to win the silver medal with 6340 and an average of 211.33, 371 pins or more than 12 pins in average behind the Koreans.

    The fivesome rolled games of 1127, 1054 and 988 on long oil for a 3169 three-game total, two pins less than their 3171 total on short oil. Novie Phang and Lvana Hie, who fired 290 in the record game, led the team with 1312 and 1292, respectively.

    Malaysia in China battled it out for the bronze medal with Malaysia leading by 19 pins heading into the final game. Esther Cheah, Sharon Koh, Zatil Iman, Shalin Zulkifli and Zandra Aziela put together a huge 1161 in the final game to secure the bronze medal with 6295 and an average of 209.83.

    Cheah had 695 on short oil and 740 on long to lead all players with 1435 individual pinfall or an average of 239.17.

    The host country's Zhang Yuhong, Yang Suiling, Chen Dongdong, Sun Hongdou and Xu Lan struggled in the final game finishing with 996 to slip to fifth place with 6111 pinfall total (203.70).

    Liza Clutario, Liza Del Rosario, Kimberly Mae Lao, Apple Posadas and Lara Posadas, Philippines, closed out their series with a huge 1196 game including four 240-plus games to overtake China and to land in fourth place with 6173 (205.77).

    2010AGHwangSunOk.jpg2010AGChoiJinA.jpgThe Korean women also dominated in All Events finishing 1-4 after 24 games in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team. Singles champion Hwang Sun-Ok (pictured left) cruised to her second individual title and to her third gold medal of the Games with record 5508 total and an average of 229.50. Defending champion Choi Jin-A (right) took the silver medal with 5276.

    Son Yun-Hee and Hong Su-Yeon were third and fourth with 5175 and 5137, respectively, but the bronze medal went to fifth placed Zhang Yuhong (below left), China, as no country is allowed to sweep the medals. Zhang has already received a bronze medal in Doubles (with Yang Suiling) after finishing fourth behind three Korean Doubles.

    2010AGPanYuFen.jpg2010AGZhangYuhong.jpgTo make it even worth for Son and Hong, maximum two players per country were eligible to advance to Masters finals which will conclude the bowling competition on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Korean women had all six players among the top 16 but only Hwang and Choi will advance.

    After 14 players were deleted from the list, 30th placed Pan Yu-Fen (right), Chinese Taipei, took the 16th and final spot fort he Masters with 4807 or an average of 200.29.

    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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    16th Asian Games - Women's Team event

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


    Individual High Game/High Series
    1 Game (short oil): Lvana Hie and Novie Phang, both Indonesia - 290
    1 Game (long oil): Hwang Sun-Ok, Korea - 278
    3 Games (short oil): Choi Jin-A, Korea - 710
    3 Games (long oil): Hwang Sun-Ok, Korea - 790
    6 Games: Esther Cheah, Malaysia - 1435

    Team High Game/High Series
    1 Game (short oil): Putty Armein/Lvana Hie/Novie Phang/Sharon Liminsantoso/Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia - 1247
    1 Game (long oil): Choi Jin-A/Son Yun-Hee/Hwang Sun-Ok/Jeon Eun-Hee/Gang Hye-Eun, Korea - 1244
    3 Games (short oil): Choi Jin-A/Hong Su-Yeon/Son Yun-Hee/Hwang Sun-Ok/Jeon Eun-Hee, Korea - 3210
    3 Games (long oil): Choi Jin-A/Son Yun-Hee/Hwang Sun-Ok/Jeon Eun-Hee/Gang Hye-Eun, Korea - 3501
    6 Games: Choi Jin-A/Hong Su-Yeon/Son Yun-Hee/Hwang Sun-Ok/Jeon Eun-Hee/Gang Hye-Eun, Korea - 6711


    Women's All Events - Final Standings after 24 games

    The top 16 but maximum two players per country advanced to the Masters finals (finalists in boldface).