Korean men have their sights set on defending the Team title at Asian Championships


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    Host country Hong Kong in second place after the first block on short oil; Lee Tak-Man achieves perfection to help Macau into third place; Yannaphon Larp-apharat (THA) eyes gold medal in All Events after 21/24 games with Yousif Falah (BHR) in second and Lim Dong-Sung (KOR) in third

    2012AsCKoreaMen.jpgDefending champion Korea rebounded from a slow start with two big games to take the lead in the Men's Team event at the 22nd Asian Championships after the first block of three games on the short oil pattern.

    Hong Hae-Sol, Choi Yong-Kyu, Lee Ik-Kyu, Cho Young-Seon and Lim Dong-Sung (pictured left) started the first day of the Team event with a sub-par 958 game including low games of 148 and 170 by ho and Lim, respectively.

    2012AsCHongKongMen.jpgThe gold medalists in Trios (with Hong) rebounded with 268 and 269, resp., to lead their team mates to 1156 in game two, the highest game of the day of all 21 countries. The Koreans closed things out with another 1104 game to lead the field into Sunday's second block on medium oil with 3218 pinfall total and an average of 214.53.

    Trailing Korea by 96 pins was the host country Hong Kong after a strong performance by Eric Tseng, Michael Mak, Michael Tsang, Wicky Yeung and Wu Siu Hong (right). The fivesome posted games of 1007, 980 and the second-best 1135 to sit in second place with 3211 (208.13).

    2012AsCLeeTakMan.jpgJust eleven pins behind Hong Kong was neighbor Macau in third place with 3111 (207.40). Powered by a 300 game of Lee Tak-Man (left), the second perfecto of the Championships, Choi Io-Fai, Zoe Dias Ma, Leong Chou-Kin and Ho Weng-Hou (below right) took the early lead with 1110 and maintained the pole with 1012 in game two before finishing with 989 to slip to third place.

    2012AsCMacauMen.jpgWith another three games to go on Sunday, four countries are less than 100 pins out of the medals. The UAE sit in fourth place with 3074 followed by Indonesia in fifth place with 3055 and India in sixth place with 3031. Malaysia is seventh with 3015.

    Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand maintained a 61-pin lead in All Events heading into the last block of three games. Larp-apharat lost some ground after a 626 series today to lead the 128 players with 4704 or an average of 224 for 21 games.

    Yousif Falah of Bahrain regained second place with 4643 (221.10) while Lim Dong-Sung of Korea leaped one spot into third place with 4615 (219.76). Lim's compatriot Hong Hae-Sol fell from second to fourth with 4575 (217.86).

    The men are done for today and will return on Sunday at 9.15 a.m. local time for the second block on the medium oil pattern. The last three-game block also decides the medals in All Events and the players who will advance to the Masters competition.

    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 Team event - Standings after the first block on short oil




    Men's All Events - Standings after 21 of 24 games