31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships
Yancheng sweeps Men, Women Senior Team gold
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11th November, Yancheng: Host city swept the Men's and Women's Senior Team gold medals at the 31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships as well as winning three additional gold medals in the Men's, Women's and Women's Senior All Events.

Yancheng's quartet of Qi Wangkang, Xu Chen, Wang Zhiyong and Yang Wei, who had 104 pins lead after yesterday's first block of three games, got off like a bullet train knocking down a sizzling 895 in the fourth and opening game of the second block to extend their lead to 241 pins.

Macau's Ho Man Lok, Leong Chou Kin, Chan Chi Kwan and Tam Tsz Sun only managed 758 but remained in second as Wuhan's Xie Chengjie, Chen Jiaqing, Yu Changhong and 2016 ABF Tour China leg champion, Mi Zhongli moved into third.

A fifth game of 823 by Yancheng put them in an unbeatable position and went on to comfortably win the gold medal with 5048.

Yang Wei, Xu Chen, Qi Wangkang and Wang Zhiyong with their gold medals

Wuhan ended with 786 and 817 to seal the silver medal with 4750, just 15 pins ahead of Macau, who settled for the bronze medal with 4735. Paranaque missed the podium by just 18 pins with 4717 despite finishing strongly with 870 in their last game while Pasay City completed the top five with 4694.

Yancheng swept the Men's All Events medals to add yet another gold medal to their collection. Qi Wangkang topped the standings with 3947 to win the gold medal. Xu Chen took the silver medal with 3855 while Singles and Team gold medallist, Yang Wei settled for the bronze medal with 3833.

Feng Xiaobing of Shanghai, who led the standings before the second block of the Team of 4 event, slipped down to fourth with 3826. Edward Cheng of Happy Valley, who finished 17th position made the cut for the Masters finals as Ernest Kwok is not taking part due to prior commitments.

Four Yancheng men, two each from Hong Kong, Jeju and Paranaque and one each from Happy Valley, Macau, New Terrirtories, Pasay City, Shanghai and Wuhan made up the top 16 men to qualify for the Masters finals.

Xu Chen, Qi Wangkang and Yang Wei sweeping the All Events medals

Meanwhile the Yancheng Women's Senior team of Jia Wenxia, Zhang Ping, Zhu Qin and Li Guanghui won the gold medal with 3977, just 22 pins ahead of Kuala Lumpur's Poxiah Atan, Shirley Burnett, Helen Tan and Wendy Ong.

The Kuala Lumpur quartet, who was fourth before the before block, posted 684, 671 and 681 to clinch the silver medal with 3955. Suzhou, who led the first block, slipped down to third to earn the bronze medal with 3890.

Singles, Doubles and Team gold medallist, Li Guanghui won her fourth gold medal after topping the Women's Senior All Events standings with 3240. Zhu Qin added a silver for Yancheng with 3049 and Zhang Junying took the bronze medal with 3034.

Shirley Burnett and Poziah Atan of Kuala Lumpur both missed the cut for the Masters finals in ninth and tenth positions with 2930 and 2924 respectively. Four Yancheng senior women, two from Suzhou and one each from Paranaque and Yangzhou qualified for the Masters Quarter-finals.

Yancheng senior women winning their third and fourth gold medals

The Women's Round of 16 elimination Masters finals will be held after the Team and All Events medal ceremony followed by the Men's Round of 16 eliminations Masters finals ending the fifth day of the competition. The Men's Senior Round of 16 elimination Masters finals will be held tomorrow morning followed by all four divisions Quarter-finals, Semi-finals and the Top 2 Final matches.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Yancheng, China.

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