31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships
Yancheng adds two more gold medals
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8th November, Yancheng: Host city, Yancheng added two more gold medals to their tally after Qi Wangkang and Xu Chen overhauled Squad A leader, Hong Kong in Squad B to win the Men's Doubles gold at the 31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships while their fifth gold came from the Women's Senior Yancheng pair.

Qi and Xu got off the block with a superb 466 to lead Paranaque's second pair of Rudolfo Tan Jr. and Kevin Cu by 15 pins. The second Wuhan and the second Hong Kong pairs stayed close in third and fourth positions.

Paranaque reduced the gape to just 5 pins after they posted a better second game but was unable to improved in the third, allowing Yangcheng to pull away slightly to a 16-pin lead, this time trailed by Wuhan and Paranaque slipped down to third.

Yancheng stole the show when Qi rolled nine consecutive strikes and Xu spared his first frame before reeling in eight-in-a-row.

Men's Doubles Squad B winner, Xu Chen and Qi Wangkang

Qi, however could not strike in the tenth frame and ended with 279 while Xu struck out for 289, giving them a stunning 568 fourth game. The leader kept their relentless pace with 469 in the fifth game and extended their lead over the recovering Paranaque to 200 pins.

Their 5-game total of 2339 thus left them needing only 341 or more in their final game to overhaul Squad A leader for the gold. Qi finished the 6-games series with 1387 and Xu 1360 for a total of 2747, comfortably beating Hong Kong's first pair and Squad A leader, Jimmy Cheung and Ernest Kwok by 67 pins to win Yancheng's fourth gold medal leaving the silver medal to Cheung and Kwok.

Paranaque finished second in this squad but their total of 2499 failed to beat the first Yancheng pair of Wang Zhiyong and Singles gold medallist, Yang Wei for the bronze and thus missing the podium in fourth overall.

Meanwhile, Squad B winner and the second Yancheng Women's Senior pair of Zhang Ping and Zhu Qin failed to beat both their team-mates and Squad A leader, Li Guang hui and Jia Wenxia and the first Paranaque pair of Angela Lao and Tess Agu to settle for the bronze medal with 2007.

Li and Jia, who topped the first squad with 2070, picked up Yancheng's fifth gold medal of the championship. Lao and Agu took the silver medal with 2052. The first Suzhou pair of Cai Aiping and Zhang Junying, who was third in the first squad, missed the podium by 25 pins to finish fourth overall.

Women's Senior Doubles Squad B leader, Zhang Ping and Zhu Qin

After two events contested for the men, Yang Wei and Qi Wangkang led the All Events standings in first and second with 2637 and 2625 respectively. Rudolfo Tan Jr. is third with 2618. Yancheng men have won 2 gold and one bronze medal.

The Women's and the Men's Senior Doubles will be contested tomorrow and will resume with the Team of 4 on November 10 and 11. The Masters finals will be held on November 11 and 12.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Yancheng, China.

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