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Korean men defend Team gold medal at 18th Asian Games

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The Korean men followed in the footprints of the Korean women’s team as they captured the coveted gold medal in the six-player team event in the Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 at the bowling center inside Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, Indonesia, Saturday.

Choi Bokeum, Hong Hae Sol, Park Jong Woo and Kang Heewon (right), who were on the team that won the gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, and newcomers Kim Jongwook and Koo Seonghoi, successfully defended the prestigious title with 8540 total and an average of 237.22 based on the World Bowling Scoring System.

The Koreans took a 239-pin lead in the first three-game block on medium oil with 4378 pinfall (243.22 average) and added 4162 the field-best 4162 series on long oil to lead the field of 15 nations by 365 pins.

Besides the new records for three and six games, Korea also set the bar for one game, starting the event with 1519 (253.17). In previous Asian Games, the team events featured traditional five-player teams.

Park Jong Woo, who won three gold medals (team, all-events and masters) in the 2014 Asian Games, led the team with 1517 and was followed by Hong (1448), Kang (1423), Koo (1409), Kim (1394) and Choi (1349).

Hong Kong’s Ivan Tse, Lau Kwun Ho, Tony Wong, Eric Tseng, Michael Mak and Wu Siu Hong (left) finished in second place with 8175 (227.08), including high games of 1459, 1447 and 1406, to earn the silver medal.

The bronze medal went to the spinners from Chinese Taipei, Wu Hao-Ming, Lin Pai-Feng, Chen Hsin-An, Hung Kun-Ki, Chen Ming-Tang and Hsieh Chin-Liang (right) with 8166 (226.83).

Heading into the last game, Chinese Taipei trailed Hong Kong in second place by 244 pins and Japan in third place by 114 pins. The Taiwanese closed with their high game of 1418, to fall short of Hong Kong (1183 last game) by mere nine pins, but to overtake Japan (1269) by 35 pins to leap into third place. The Chinese Taipei women also won the bronze medal.

Japan, with trios gold medalists Tomoyuki Sasaki, Shogo Wada & Shusaku Asato and Daisuke Yoshida, Takayu Miyazawa and Shota Koki (left), slipped to fourth place with 8131 (225.86).

Indonesian standout and former Asian Games champion Ryan Lalisang (2006 in singles) led the 97 men from 8 nations in all-events (combined pinfall in trios and team event) with 2925 total and an average of 243.75 for 12 games.

All-events didn’t count as medal discipline in 2018, but determined the top 16 players for the masters finals on Sunday and Monday.

However, as maximum two players per national Olympic Committee are allowed to participate in masters, 13th place Kang Heewon and 16th place Chen Hsin-An did not qualify for the masters as they were the third best player of Korea and Chinese Taipei, respectively.

The 16 finalists consist of two bowlers each from Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, and one each from Hong Kong and Thailand. Defending masters champion Park Jong Woo made the cut in seventh place.

The 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, an pan-Asian multi-sport event, will held from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in Indonesia.

For the first time, the quadrennial Asian Games are being co-hosted in two cities, the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and Palembang, the capital of the South Sumatra province. Approximately 17,000 athletes from 45 countries will participate in Asian biggest sports event and up to 13,000 volunteers are helping to make the Games happen.

The bowling competition will be held August 18-27 in the bowling center inside Jakabaring Sport City also known as Jakabaring Sport Complex (Indonesian: Kompleks Olahraga Jakabaring), an integrated sports facility complex near Palembang, featuring 166 bowlers – 97 men and 69 women – from 18 countries.

For the first time in Asian Games history, only three disciplines will be contested – Trios, Team of 6 and Masters. In the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Bowling handed out six gold medals in each gender, including also singles, doubles and all-events.

The bowling competition will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern, a medium and a long oil pattern. Kegel’s John Janawicz is managing lane maintenance.

The 2018 Asian Games bowling competition kicked off with the women’s and men’s trios event on August 22 & 23.

The Team of 6 events was contested on August 24 & 25. In both events all players bowled two blocks of three games, one block on each pattern, with the six-game total determining the medalists.

The top 16 men and top 16 women based on the 12-game total pinfall in trios and team, but not more than two players from each NOC, qualified for the masters finals on August 26 and 27.

The top 3 men and top 3 women after 16 games of round robin match play advance to the stepladder finals. The defending champion, Park Jong Woo and Lee Na Young of South Korea, are among the finalists.

Also for the first time in Asian Games history, the World Bowling Scoring System will be used and Jakabaring Bowling Center has been modified to display and tabulate the new scoring system throughout the tenpin bowling competition.

The World Bowling Scoring System maintains the traditional 10-frame format but awards 30 pins for a strike, 10 pins for a spare plus the pinfall of the first shot in the frame, and actual pinfall after two shots in case of an open frame. The maximum score is still 300 and this figure is based on the player receiving 10 consecutive strikes with no bonus pins being awarded in the 10th frame.

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18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 – Women Team of 6

Scores based on the World Bowling Scoring System.

18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 – Men All-Events

No medals given; top 16 (in red) – maximum two from each NOC – qualify for the masters finals.

Herbert Bickel

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