18th Asian Games Palembang 2018
Korea grabs first block lead
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25th August, Palembang: Defending champion and Korea's Choi Bokeum, Hong Hae Sol, Park Jong Woo, Kang Heewon with debutants, Kim Jongwook and Koo Seonghoi averaged a whopping 243.22 to lead the 18th Asian Games Palembang 20189 Men's 6-Player Team event with 4378.

Like their women counterpart, the men got off like a bullet with a sizzling 1519 in their opening game to open up a gap of 130 pins. Japan's gold medal winning trio of Tomoyuki Sasaki, Shogo Wada and Shusaku Asato teamed up with Daisuke Yoshida, Takayu Miyazawa and Shota Koki and knocked down a respectable 1389 to trail the Koreans.

Indonesia's Yeri Ramadona, Diwan Rezaldy, Fachri Ibnu Askar, Billy Muhammad Islam, Hardy Rachmadian and Ryan Lalisang, for once got a decent start with 1381 to take up third spot. Malaysia and Hong Kong was fourth and fifth with 1368 and 1360 respectively.

Although the Koreans could not continue with their strong pace, they did added a decent 1394 in the second game to remain in the lead. Hong Kong's Ivan Tse, Lau Kwun Ho, Tony Wong, Eric Tseng, Micahel Mak and Wu Siu Hong responded with a superb 1459 to move into second spot.

Korea eyeing their first gold medal in the 6-Player Team event

Indonesia kept their strong momentum and fired a splendid 1409 to take up third spot while Japan slipped down two spots to fourth after posting 1361 while Qatar was fifth. The Korean rolled another big game of 1465 in the third to end the first block firmly in the lead with 4378. Hong Kong held on to second spot on a total of 4139 despite managing only 1320 in the third game. Japan snatched third spot with 4127 after a good game of 1377.

Qatar's Jassim Almuraikhi, Ahmed Al-Deyab, Ali Aljanahi, Yousef Aljaber, Mohammed Almerikhi and 2018 World Youth Team and All-Events gold medallist, Ghanim Aboujassoum also ended with a big game of 1409 to finish fourth with 4097.

Indonesia ran out of steam in their final game of the block with only 1288 to complete the top 5 with 4078. After 9 games played (6 in Trios and 3 in Team), Japan's Takayu Miyazawa and Shusako Asato finished one-two in the All-Events standings with 2225 and 2207 respectively.

Darren Ong of Singapore remained in third with 2163. The top 16 with the highest pinfalls after the second block 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 men will resume with their second block of 3 games over the long oil conditions and the top 3 finishers will be awarded medals. No medals will be awarded for the All-Events.

Hong Kong's 6-player team taking up a good second

The Men's 6-Player Team event will be contested tomorrow over two blocks of 3 games each in the morning and in the afternoon. The top 3 finishes will be awarded the medals and 16 players (2 from each NOC) will qualify for the Masters finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Palembang, Indonesia.

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