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Park Jong Woo, Mirai Ishimoto lead in Asian Games Masters after first block

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Multiple World and Asian Games champion Park Jong Woo of Korea and former World Youth champion Mirai Ishimoto of Japan took the lead in the men’s and women’s masters competition in the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 after the first eight-game block on long oil Sunday at JSC bowling center Palembang, Indonesia.

Using the World Bowling Scoring System, team gold medalist Park (right), with Koo Seonghoi, who won three gold medals at the 2014 Asian Games, including masters, fired games of 247, 212, 267, 246, 251, 226, 277 and 245 and won six of his eight matches to lead the men’s division with 2031 total, including 60 bonus pins, and an average of 246.38.

Trailing Park by 95 pins to sit in second place was team bronze medalist Hung Kun-Ki (left) of Chinese Taipei with 1936. Hung averaged 234.50 on long oil, including games between 277 and 215, and had a 6-2 won-lost record.

The other Korean bowler in the 16-player field, Koo Seonghoi (right, with Park Jong Woo, left) was just two pins behind Hung in third place with 1934, including 40 bonus pins for a 4-4 match play record, and the second-best 236.75 average.

The second bowler from Chinese Taipei, Lin Pai-Feng (left with >Hung Kun-Ki, right) was just six pins off the pace for the top 3 in fourth place with 1928, also including 40 bonus pins, and an average of 236.00.

Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore hit 1900 on the nose to sit in fifth place. He toppled 1840 pins and added 60 bonus thanks to a 6-2 match play record.

Mirai Ishimoto (right), who finished 14th in trios and sixth in team of 6, put together games of 254, 229, 247, 233, 244, 223, 254 and 212 and won all but the last match to lead the women’s masters with 1966 total, including 70 bonus pins.

Ishimoto, who averaged 237.00 over eight games had the second highest series of the day, men and women, to lead Lee Yeonji (left) of Korea by just 20 pins. Lee lost the first two matches before she closed with six consecutive wins to sit in second place with 1946 total, including 60 bonus pins.

Places three and four belonged to Singaporean bowlers (pictured right). Joey Yeo (right) averaged 236.38 and won five of her eight matches to trail Lee by just five pins in third place with 1941 total. Daphne Tan (left) was only two pins back in fourth place with 1939, including a 4-4 match play record, and the highest average of 237.38.

Chou Chia-Chen of Chinese Taipei, who won silver in trios and bronze in team, was further four pins back in fifth place with 1935, including 40 bonus pins.

Team gold medalist and defending masters champion, Lee Nayoung (left photo on the right) of Korea is mere 18 pins off the pace for the stepladder finals in sixth place with 1923, including a 4-4 won-lost record.

The top 16 players in all-events, but maximum two players per national Olympic Committee, bowl two blocks of eight games, first block on long oil and second block on medium oil, over two days.

The top three men and the top three women after 16 games including bonus pins (10 for a win, 5 for a tie) will determine the masters champions in the stepladder finals on Monday, August 27, scheduled for 3.30 p.m. local time.

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.

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 – Men Masters after Block 1/2 (long oil)

Scores based on the World Bowling Scoring System. Top 3 after 16 games, including bonus pins (10 per win, 5 for each tie), advance to the stepladder finals.

18th Asian Games – Men Masters after Block 1/2 (long oil)

Scores based on the World Bowling Scoring System. Top 3 after 16 games, including bonus pins (10 per win, 5 for each tie), advance to the stepladder finals.

Herbert Bickel

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