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Malaysian women bowlers start Asian Games 2018 with victory in trios

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Malaysia’s Esther Cheah, Siti Safiyah and Syaidatul Afifah averaged over 240 as a team based on the World Bowling Scoring System to start the bowling competition in the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 with victory in women trios at Jakabaring Sports City Bowling Center Palembang Tuesday.

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. Pictured right from left Siti Safiyah, Esther Cheah and Syaidatul Afifah.

The Malaysian led the field of 23 trios after the first three-game block with 2184 (242.67 average) and added 2142 in the second block to capture the gold medal with record 4326 total and an overall average of 240.33. The old record based on the traditional scoring system was 3983 (221.28).

Afifah led the team with 1457 and an average of 242.83 with Cheah and Safiyah close behind with 1439 and 1430. The trio had six games between 688 and 762.

Tsai Hsin-Yi, Pan Yu-Fen and Chou Chia-Chen (left, l-r) from Chinese Taipei were 71 pins back to earn the silver medal with 4255 and an average of 236.39.

The spinners, who had a high game of 754 and a low game of 672, were third after the first block with 2138 and nearly matched that effort with 2127 in the second block to leap one spot into second place.

Pan led the way with 1437, Chou added 1430 and Tsai contributed 1388.

Starting the second block in seventh place, 145 pins off the medals, Singapore’s Joey Yeo, Daphne Tan and Bernice Lim (right, l-r) set Championship records for one and three games on their way to the bronze medal.

The Singaporeans, who 1993 in the first block, including games of 651, 704 and 638, started the second set of three games with 717, followed by record 820 (Lim 288, Yeo 276 and Tan 256) and a closing game of 720 for record 2257 (250.78) for three games and 4250 total, just five pins short of the silver medal.

The other Malaysian trio, Sin Li Jane, Natasha Roslan and Shalin Zulkifli (left, r-l), who were second after the first block with 2151, posted games of 614, 715 and 664 for a 1993 second-block pinfall (221,44 average), but slipped out of the medals to fourth place with 4144 (230.22).

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 trios event on August 22. The men’s trios will follow August 23. All players bowl two blocks of three games with the six-game total determining the medalists. The Japanese men and the South Korean women are the defending champions.

The Team of 6 events will be contested on August 24 (women) and August 25 (men) using the same format as in trios. 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 only maximum two 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 will be 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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