Korean men sweep the medals in Doubles at 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships


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    Doubles World Champions Choi Bok Eum, Park Jong Woo average over 236 to claim the gold medal

    2015AsCChoiBokEumParkJongWoo.jpgAfter a slow start into the 23rd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, the Korean men rebounded with a clean sweep of the medals in the Doubles event Monday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Doubles World Champions Choi Bok Eum and Park Jong Woo (pictured left, l-r, photos courtesy of TTBA), who bowled in the third and last squad, averaged 237.17 on the medium lane conditioning pattern to claim to the gold medal with 2834 total. The Koreans had three games over 500 (250 average) and a low game of 414.

    Lefty Choi, who also won gold with the team and in All Events at the Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi in December 2014, was the best player in the field of 62 doubles from 22 countries with 1491 and an average of 248.50. Park contributed 1343.

    2015AsCHongHaeSolKimJunYung.jpgTeam World Champion Hong Hae Sol and his partner Kim Jun Yung (right, l-r), who took the lead in the second squad with 2739 (228.25 average), slipped to second place to earn the silver medal. Hong, was the best Korean bowler in Singles (8th place), had 1439 and Kim hit 1300 on the nose.

    2015AsCKangHeeWonShinSeungHyeon.jpgSquad A leaders and Team World Champions Shin Seung Hyeon and Kang Hee Won (left, r-l) received the bronze medal with 2718 (226.50). Kang, who finished the World Championships with victory in Masters, led the duo with 1420, while Shin had 1298.

    2015AsCMohdRafiqIsmailTimmyTan.jpgMalaysia's Mohd Rafiq Ismail and Timmy Tan (right, l-r) were the 'best of the rest' in fourth place with 2700 (225.00). The duo was on course for the medals averaging 234 after four games, but fell out of the top 3 after finishing with 418 and 410.

    Hong took the lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) after 12 of 24 games with 2804 and an average of 233.67. Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia was just one pin behind with 2803 followed by Ismail in third place with 2752.

    Choi rocketed from 95th to 16th place and currently holds the last place to advance to the Masters competition with 2622 total (218.50).

    Action shifts to the Women's Doubles competition on Tuesday. The men will return Wednesday morning for the first three-game block of the Trios event.

    ABFLogo_small.jpg2015AsCLogo_small.jpg The 2015 Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, which were originally scheduled for May 2014, will be held from January 15-26 Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand.

    201 athletes, 125 men and 76 women, from 22 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) member federations participate in the 23rd edition of the prestigious event. Each team consists of maximum six male and six female bowlers. 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.

    The 23rd Asian Championships will be contested on two oil pattern - a 39 foot medium pattern and a 48 foot long pattern, which will be conditioned by Kegel.

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

    The top 3 in All Events (24 games; individual pinfall total in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team event) receive the medals while the top 16 advance to the Masters finals. The top 3 after two eight-game blocks (first block on medium oil, second block on long oil) will determine the champions in the stepladder final.


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