Japan’s Toshihiko Takahashi and Yoshinao Masatoki (pictured left, r-l) combined to shoot 2533 (211.08 average) for six games on short oil to capture the gold medal at the Anyang Hogye Gymnasium. Teammates Tomoyuki Sasaki and Daisuke Yoshida (right, r-l) took the silver with 2502.
Masatoki led the way with 1268 and Takahashi was mere three pins behind with 1265. The duo bowled in Squad B and knew they needed a final game of 352 to overtake their teammates who set the pace in Squad A.
Indonesia’s Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian (left, l-r) finished 44 pins out of first and 13 pins out of second to earn the bronze medal with 2489. The Indonesians made a strong charge in the last game with 448 to secure the medal.
Pictured right are the medalists in Men’s Doubles with World Bowling president, Kevon Dornberger (front right), with Kim Kil-Doo, president of the Korea Bowling Congress.
Just outside the top 3 were two doubles from the United Arab Emirates. Hussain Al-Suwaidi and Naif Oqab (left, r-l), who were in second place after the first squad, slipped to fourth place with 2461. Compatriots Hareb Al-Mansoori and Shaker Al-Hassan (right, l-r) combined for 2430 in the second squad to finish in fifth place.
Choi Bok Eum and Park Jong Woo (below left, r-l) were the best of three doubles from the host country Korea in sixth place with 2427.
2006 Asian Games gold medalist in Singles, Ryan Lalisang and his partner Yeri Ramadona (right, l-r) were on course for the gold medal after three games in Squad B with 1290, but crushed out of the medals with a 323 in game four. The duo had to settle for seventh place with 2425.
By winning gold and silver, Japan overtook the lead in the tenpin bowling medal tally after three of twelve events.
In a tight race for the medals in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams), Kim Kyung Min of Korea leads after 12 of 24 games with 2516 and an average of 209.67.
Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong is second with 2514 and UAE’s Shaker Al-Hassan is third with 2511.
Action shifts the Women’s Doubles on Friday. The 74 women from 14 countries will be split into two squads to bowl six games on short oil with Squad A starting at 9 a.m. local time and Squad B to follow at 2.30 p.m. The victory ceremony is slated for 6.45 p.m.
Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).
The Asian Games, a.k.a. Asiad, is a Pancontinental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The XVII Asian Games run from September 19th to October 4th in Incheon, South Korea, featuring more than 9000 athletes from 25 countries, who will compete for medals in 36 sports.
Bowling made its debut in 1978 (Bangkok, Thailand) and returned in 1986 (Seoul, Korea) and was part of the Games in each event since 1994 (Hiroshima, Japan). The Bowling competition of the Incheon Asian Games will be contested Sept. 23 – Oct. 2 at Anyang Hogye Gymnasium bowling center.
176 players, 102 men and 74 women, from 19 countries – China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Macau, China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen and the host country Korea – bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters.
The competition will be contested on a 36-feet short and a 46-feet long lane conditioning pattern. See also the Kegel Lane Map Report.
The winners in Singles (long oil), Doubles (short oil), Trios (short/long) and Teams (long/short) will be determined by the highest six-game total. The player with the highest 24 game total of the four disciplines will become the All-Events champion.
The top 16 women and top 16 men in All-Events, but maximum two per national Olympic Committee, advance to the Masters finals Oct. 1 & 2. Those 16 bowl two eight-game blocks of Round Robin match play – first block on short, second block on long oil – to determine the top 3 players for the stepladder finals, which will conclude the Asian Games bowling competition.
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Final standings after six games on short oil.
Top 16 after 24 games advance to the Masters finals.