Korea sweeps gold and silver medals in Men's Trios


    Hong Kong

    Japan gets the bronze medal; Yannaphon Larp-apharat (THA) maintains lead in All Events after 18/24 games with Hong Hae-Sol (KOR) second and Yousif Falah (BHR) third

    2012AsCChoYoungSeoLimDongSungHongHaeSol.jpgThe Korean men improved on a 1, 3 finish by their female counterparts when they swept the gold and silver medals in Men's Trios Friday in the Hong Kong Asian Championships at bowling center HK Bowling City.

    Starting the day in fourth place, Cho Young-Seon, Lim Dong-Sung and Hong Hae-Sol (pictured left, l-r) averaged over 234 over three games on the short oil pattern to earn the gold medal with 4025 (223.61).

    2012AsCLeeIkKyuChounJaeWooChoiYongKyu.jpgThe three Koreans came out of the gates commandingly with games of 749 and 706 and wrapped up the title with a final 648 game. Lim led the team with 1378 and was followed by Hong with 1349 and Cho with 1298.

    Their team mates Lee Ik-Kyu, Choun Jae-Woo and Choi Yong-Kyu (right), who were in 13th place after the first block on medium oil, began the medal race with games of 662 and 644 and finished with a huge 760 including Choi's 278, Choun's 267 and a 215 by Lee to jump into second place with 3884 (215.78).

    2012AsCSasakiMasatokiTakahashi.jpgConsistency paid off for Tomoyuki Sasaki, Yoshinao Masatoki and Toshihiko Takahashi (left, l-r) who had games of 648, 658 and 664 to leap from 10th to third place and to win the first medal for Japan with 3823 (212.39).

    Eric Tseng, Michael Mak and Wu Siu Hong missed the first medal for the host country Hong Kong by just six pins finishing in fourth place with 3817 (212.06). The trio had six games between 607 and 663.

    2012AsCSultanFalahJanahi.jpgOvernight leaders Mohammed Sultan, Yousif Falah and Mohammed Janahi (right, l-r) of Bahrain slipped all the way out of the medals to eighth place (3786) while Malaysia's Aaron Kong, Muhd Nur Aiman and Muhd Syafiq Ridhwan and fell from second to sixth place (3791).

    Japan's Daisuke Yoshida, Yasuhiro Ikeda and Shogo Wada slipped from third to fifth place with 3816.

    Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand widened his lead in All Events 127 pins with only six games to go in the Team event. Larp-apharat leads the 128-player field after 18 of 24 games with 4078 and an average of 226.56.

    Hong Hae-Sol of Korea took over second place with 3951 (219.50) while Yousif Falah of Bahrain slipped one spot to third place with 3948 (219.33).

     The action now shifts to the five-player Team event, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Men and women will be divided into two squads (9.15 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time) to bowl three games on the short oil pattern (Saturday) and three games on the medium oil pattern (Sunday). The Team event also decides the medals in All Events and the players who will advance to the Masters competition.

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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 Trios - Final Standings after six games

    First block on medium oil, second block on short oil



    Men's All Events - Standings after 18 of 24 games