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Korean women capture prestigious Team gold at 18th Asian Games


The Korean women, who won four gold medals at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in doubles, trios, all-events and masters. With singles, doubles and all-events eliminated from the bowling competition in the Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, four-time gold medalist Lee Nayoung could only defend the titles in trios and masters.

The Korean women failed to medal in the opening trios event, but rebounded with victory in the prestigious team event Friday at the bowling center inside Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, Indonesia.

Using the World Bowling Scoring System in the six-player team event (instead of the traditional team of 5 previously contested in Asian Games), Baek Sungja, Han Byul, Kim Hyunmi, Lee Yeonji, Ryu Seoyeon and Leeyayoung (pictured right) set three championships records on their way to the gold medal.

The Koreans started the first block of three games on long oil with a 1557 game, almost a 260 average, including four games between 266 and 264 and “low” games of 254 and 242, and led Malaysia and Chinese Taipei after three games by mere 67 and 73 pins, respectively.

The Malaysians with trios champions Esther Cheah, Siti Safiyah andSyaidatul Afifah teamed with Natasha Roslan, Sin Li Jane and Shalin Zulkifli (pictured left) and narrowed the gap to 15 pins after the first game on medium oil (1407 to Kotea’s 1355).

Led by Lee Nayoung (289, 242), the Koreans closed the second block with 1494 and 1398 for 4247 and wrapped up the title with 8338 total and an average of 231.61, both championship records.

Malaysia finished with 1336 and 1382 to take the silver medal with 8149 (226.36).

Chinesee Taipei‘s Chang Yu-Hsuan, Pan Yu-Fen, Chou Chia-Chen, Tsai Hsin-Yi, Huang Chiung-Yao, Wang Ya-Ting (right) had 4018 on long and 3951 on medium oil to finish in third place and earn the bronze medal with 7969 (221.36).

Syaidatul Afifah led the 69 women in all-events (combined pinfall in trios and team event) with 2918 and an average of 243.17. All-events isn’t a medal discipline in the 18th Asian Games, 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, 29th place Yuri Sato of Japan was the last to advance in 29th place with 2633 total.

The 16 finalists consist of two bowlers each from Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, and one each from Macau and Thailand. Lee Nayoung made the cut in third 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 168 bowlers – 99 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 comptition 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 will be contested on August 24 (women) and August 25 (men). All players bowl two blocks of three games with the six-game total determining the medalists. The South Korean men and the women from Singapore captured the gold medals in 2014.

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, will qualify 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. South Korea’s Park Jong Woo and Lee Na Young are in Palembang to defend their titles.

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 – Women 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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