28th East Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships
Chinese Taipei secures top spot
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18th September, Yancheng: First block leader, Wang Ting-Wen, Wang Ya-Ting and Yang Hao-Ting of Chinese Taipei ended the Women's Trios second block preliminaries of the 28th East Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships to advance to the semi-finals as topseed.

The Taiwanese trio extended the gap over their nearest rival from 58 pins to 77 pins with a decent 593 at the start of the second block. The second Chinese trio of Li Qing, Fan Juanjuan and Yuan Yue rolled 574 to stay in second.

The other Chinese trio of Peng Rui, Kong Min and Zhang Yuhong managed 553 to trail their compatriots 28 pins. Korea's first trio of Choi Hyeon Ji, Hong Hyeon Jeong and Lee Hyeon Gyung, who was last in the first block, posted a stunning 622 to leapfrog back into contention and in fourth.

Chinese Taipei went on to end the block with 596 and 531 for a total of 3511 to secure top spot for the semi-finals and by a comfortable margin of 68 pins. The fight for the minor places was hotly contested amongst Korea 1, China A1 and A2 and the other Korean trio.

Women's Top 4 semo-finalists, Chinese Taipei, Korea 1, China A and Korea 2

Korea 1 also ended strongly with 596 and 582 to book their place in the semi-finals with 3443. China A1 hung on to third position with 3380 despite rolling only 575 and 526 in their last two games.

Korea 2 and China A2 tied fourth spot with 3374 and had to endure a one-ball roll-off from each of players. Both trios tied again after the first ball on 25 pins each and had to roll another ball. All three Koreans struck to seal their place in fourth leaving China A bitterly disappointed without a single strike.

Chinese Taipei 1 will meet Korea 2 in the first semi-finals while Korea 1 will face China A1 in the other semi. The winners of the semi-final match will be vying for the gold medal in the final which will take place after the men completed their second block commencing tomorrow morning.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Yancheng, China.

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