Singapore's Keith Saw starts 22nd Asian Championships with victory in Men's Singles


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    Kuwaiti Fadhel Al-Mousawi shoots first 300 game of the Championships to earn silver; Korea's Hong Hae-Sol has to settle for bronze

    2012AsCKeithSaw.jpg2012AsCFadhelAlMousawi.jpgKeith Saw (pictured left) of Singapore averaged 225.33 and posted a 1352 six-game series on the short pattern in Men's Singles to become the first gold medalist of the 22nd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships. Saw, who bowled in Squad 2/3 had games of 250, 211, 204, 176, 246 and 265 to finish atop the 128-player leaderboard.

    Trailing Saw by just five pins was Fadhel Al-Mousawi (right) with 1347 (224.50). The Kuwaiti, who bowled in the same squad, closed out his set with the first 300 game of the Championships to earn the silver medal.

    2012AsCHongHaeSoll.jpg2012AsCEricTseng.jpgKorea's Hong Hae-Sol (left) was on course for gold after four games in the last squad (976 - 234, 259, 254 and 229) but finished with two sub-par games, 192 and 178, and had to settle for the bronze medal. With 1346 (224.33) total Hong missed silver by one pin and gold by five pins.

    However, Hong beat out Hong Kong's Eric Tseng for third place by 16 pins. Tseng, also of Squad 2, slipped from third to fourth place with 1330 (221.67) and was followed by Squad 1 leader, Muhd Nur Aiman in fifth place with 1326 (221.00). Rounding out the good performance of the host country was Michael Tsang in sixth place with 1315 (219.17).

     The action now shifts to the Doubles event, which will take place on Wednesday. Once again the field will be divided into three squads (9.10 a.m.; 2.10 and 7.30 p.m. local time) to bowl six games on the medium oil pattern.

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    2012AsCLogo.jpg The 22nd Asian Championships will be contested on two oil pattern - a 36 ft. short pattern and a 41 ft. medium pattern, which will be conditioned by Kegel using the battery powered Kustodian ION Sport Model. Lane conditioner and lane cleaner of choice for the championships are Infinity and Defense C.

    Men and women compete in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines: Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All Events and Masters.

    Singles (six games on short oil) and Doubles (six games on long oil) will be contested on one oil pattern, while Trios and Team will feature both oil patterns (three games on each pattern). The players and teams with the highest pinfall total after six games will be declared the champions.

    The top 16 players in All Events (24 games; individual pinfall total in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team event) will advance to the Masters finals which will be played on dual lane condition.

    The All Events standings will also determine the Asian qualifiers for 2013 Combined World Championships in Las Vegas, USA, as well as the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

    The top 12 countries in each gender with the highest All Events total of the top five players will qualify for the men's and women's division of the World Championships. The top eight countries with the highest All Events total of the top five men plus the top five women qualify for the World Games.


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    Men's Singles - Six games on short oil