Bahrain's Sultan, Janahi and Falah lead Men's Trios after first block on medium oil


    Hong Kong

    Malaysia and Japan sit in second and third place with three games to go on short oil on Friday; Yannaphon Larp-apharat (THA) holds on to the lead in All Events after 15/24 games


    Mohammed Sultan, Yousif Falah and Mohammed Janahi (pictured left, l-r) of Bahrain took the lead in Men's Trios after the first block of three games on medium oil Thursday at the Hong Kong Asian Championships with 1994 pinsfall and an average of 221.56.

    Falah led the team with the field-best 726 individual pinfall total including games of 233, 246 and 247. Sultan contributed 642 pins and Janahi added 626.

    2012AsCKongAimanRidhwan.jpgTrailing the Bahrainis by mere seven pins to sit in second place was Malaysia with Aaron Kong, Muhd Nur Aiman and Muhd Syafiq Ridhwan (pictured right, l-r), who chalked up 1987 (220.78).

    2012AsCYoshidaIkedaWada.jpgJapan's Daisuke Yoshida, Yasuhiro Ikeda and Shogo Wada (pictured left, l-r) were further 20 pins behind in third place with 1967 (218.56).

    Another four teams, Korea (1922), Chinese Taipei (1915), Philippines (1905) and the host country Hong Kong (1904) cracked the 1900-bar.

    Thailand's Yannaphon Larp-apharat held on to the lead in All Events after 15 of 24 games with 3328 and an average of 221.87. Falah used his 726 set to leap from seventh into second place with 3309 while Lim Dong-Sung, Korea, jumped from 11th to third place with 3276 behind a 709 series.

    The players are done for today and will return Friday at 9.10 a.m. and 1.20 p.m. local time for the second block on the short oil pattern.

    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 Trios - Standings after 3/6 games on medium oil




    Men's All Events - Standings after 15 of 24 games