24th August, Palembang: Korea held a slender lead over arch-rivals, Malaysia at the end of the first block of 3 games in the Team of Six event of the 18th Asian Games Palembang 2018 with Chinese Taipei in third position.
After drawing blanks in the first event in the past two days, Korea finally came good in the team event. Baek Sungja, Han Byul, Kim Hyun Mi, Lee Yeonji, Ryu Seoyeon and Lee Nayoung almost brought the house down when they shot a clean and stunning 1557 in their opening game.
These scores were only possible with the World Bowling new scoring system. Trios silver medallist, Pan Yu-Fen, Chou Chia-Chen and Tsai Hsin-Yin of Chinese Taipei teamed up with Chang Yu-Hsuan, Wang Ya-Ting and Huang Chiung-Yao to take second spot with 1387, 170 pins adrift.
Trios gold medallist of Esther Cheah, Syaidatul Afifah and Siti Safiyah Amirah joined forces with Natasha Roslan, Sin Li Jane and Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia also started off well with 1347 for third.
Whilst Korea could not carry over their superb momentum to the second game, the leader still managed a respectable game of 1350 and extended their lead slightly to 198 pins. With the loud and thunderous from the local supporters, Indonesia's Sharon Limansantoso, Putty Armein, Alisha Nabila, Aldila Indryati and Tannya Roumimper put in an encouraging 1392 to leapfrog into second spot.
Chinese Taipei reamined in third as Malaysia slipped down to fourth. Korea struggled again in their third game with 1184 but held on to the lead with 4091. Malaysia bounced back with 1365 to regain second spot with 4024.
Chinese Taipei finished third with 4018 while Japan's Yuri Sato, Megumia Kitamura, Hikaru Takekawa, Mirai Ishimoto, Futaba Imai and Misaki Mukotani, who had a poor start, stormed home to snatch fourth position with 3917. Philippines, who finished fifth and just one pin behind the Japanese, edged Indonesia by 30 pins.
After 9 games contested, 6 from the Trios and 3 in the first block, Trios gold medallist, Syaidatul Afifah of Malaysia remained in the lead of the All-Events standings with a total of 2181. Chou CHia-Chen of Chinese Taipei was second with 2128 and a second Malaysian, Natasha Roslan moving up to third with 2109.
The top 16 with the highest pinfalls after the second event of the Team of Six is completed will qualify for the Masters Finals. However, only two per NOC are eligible to qualify for the Masters Finals which is scheduled for August 26 and 27.
The women will resume with their second block of 3 games over the medium oil conditions. The top 3 finishers will be awarded medals. The Men's Team of 6 will be held tomorrow, again over two blocks of 3 games each.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Palembang, Indonesia.