Korea's Choi Bok-Eum shoots 300 to earn No. 1 seed for the Men's Masters stepladder finals


    2010 Asian Games

    China's Du Jianchao and Kuwait's Mohammed Al-Regebah to determine Choi's opponent

    2010MWCChoiBokEum.jpgTwo-time Guangzhou Asian Games champion Choi Bok-Eum (pictured left), Korea averaged 238.75 during the second block of the Men's Masters match play on short oil en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals later this afternoon at Tianhe Bowling Hall.

    Choi, who was in third place after posting 1843 (including 50 pins bonus) on long oil yesterday, started with 210 before he made history as he became the first men in Asian Games bowling competition to shoot a 300 game.

    2010AGDuJianchao.jpgIt was the second 300 game of the 16th Asian Games as Singapore's Shayna Ng shot the first-ever women's perfecto in Singles on Nov. 16.

    Choi closed things out with 257, 224, 243, 226, 228 and 222 winning all his games but 224 for 3823 pinfall total including 120 bonus pins for his 12-4 won-loss record. The Trios and Team champion, who also won the bronze medal in All Events averaged 231.44 for his 16 games to lead second-placed Du Jianchao (right), China by 93 pins.

    Jianchao, who will earn the first medal in the men's division for the host country, knocked down 1832 pins (229 ave.) including high games of 264, 263 and 258 and compiled a 6-2 match play record to leap from fourth to second place with 3730 pinfall total (12-4).

    2010AGMohammedAlRegebah.jpgJianchao will meet Mohammed Al-Regebah (left), Kuwait in the opening match of the three-player stepladder finals. Starting the day in sixth place, Al-Regebah suffered two sub-200 games in his first three games but finished strong firing games of 248, 247, 233, 267 and 234 to help grab the third and last spot for the finals with 3673 and a 10-6 overall record.

    2010AGYannaphonLarpapharat.jpgLong-oil leader Yannaphon Larp-apharat (right), Thailand slipped to third place but had a 51-pin cushion over Al-Regebah heading into the final position round match. The Arab won by 48 pins, 224-176, and ousted the Thai thanks to the 10 bonus pins for the victory by seven pins, 3673 to 3666.

    All-Events champion Alex Liew, Malaysia used the second-best 1901 series including back-to-back 289, 278 and a 4-4 record to jump from ninth to fifth place with 3655 (7-9). All Events silver medalist Choi Yong-Kyu, Korea finished sixth with 3604 (11-5). Singles champion Biboy Rivera, Philippines, slipped from second place to seventh with 3546 (8-8).

    2010AsianGamesLogo_small.jpg The top 16 in All Events but maximum two players per country advanced to the Masters finals which will conclude the bowling competition of the 16th Asian Games on Wednesday.

    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 Masters Finals Round Two

    Round robin match play. 10 pins bonus for each win. First block on long oil, second block on short oil. The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.