5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games
Final matches decided for Team event
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26th September, Ashgabat: The Women's final between topseed Korea and Philippines and the Men's final between Chinese Taipei and Qatar were decided after their respective victories in the 4-player Team semi-finals of the 5th Asian Indoor & Mart Arts Games.

Korea's Kim Moon Jeong, Hong Hae Ni, Baek Sung Ja and Jung Da Wun swept past fourth-seed foursome of Pan Yu-Fen, Lin Ting-Yu, Wang Ting-Wen and Wang Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei, 942-830 in the first women's semi-final match to book their final spot.

Kim shot 243, Hong 236, Baek 216 and anchorwomen, Jung contributing the highest with 247 on the short oil pattern they had chosen. Chinese Taipei's Pan rolled 202, Lin 203, Ting-Wen 231 but Ya-Ting only managed 194.

Second-seed, Liza Del Rosario, Alexis Sy, Lara Posadas and Krizziah Lynn Tabora of Philippines advanced to the finals with a victory over China's Zhang Chunli, Peng Rui, Yang Liyan and Zhang Yuhong, 780-737 in the second semi-finals to earn a crack at the title.

Korea's women easily sweeping past their oppnents

Rosario led the Filipina quartet with 206, Sy knocked down 192, Posadas 158 but well covered by Tabora with 224. The Chinese quartet struggled on the short oil pattern chosen by the higher-seed Philippines and was unable to overcome their opponent.

Chinese Taipei and China picked up their second bronze medals as losers. The consistent Korean women remained the firm favourite to take the gold medal when they face Philippines in the final, scheduled to start at 9.00am local time tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Qatar pull off a major upset of the competition so far. The fourth-seed quartet of Jassim Al-Muraikhi, Saoud Ahmed Abdulla, Yousef Al Jaber and Ghanim Aboujassoum edged the mighty Koreans and top-seed, 827-802 to advance to the final.

Jassim led the team with 234, rookie Saoud managed 172, season campaigner Yousef 235 and Ghanim 186, relishing on the short oil pattern chosen by Korea. Choi Bok Eun shot 195, Cho Young Seon 202, debutant Kim Kyung Min 195 and anchorman, Kang Hee Won 210.

Chinese Taipei men also pull off a surprise victory over second-seed Indonesia, 784-730 in the second semi-final match to face the Qatar in the final tomorrow. Tsai Ying-Hao managed only 174, Chen Chia-Hsing 183, Teng Jui-Pu 203 and helped by Singles bronze medallist, Wu Hao-Ming with 224.

Diwan Rezaldy rolled 192, rookie Fachri Askar 173, Billy Muhammad Islam 180 and Hardy Rachmadian 185 lacking the stunning performance shown in yesterday's preliminaries. Korea and Indonesia took home their first bronze medal.

Qatar pulling off a major upset to advance to the final

With the favourites Korea eliminated, Qatar and Chinese Taipei stand to record an historical victory in the 4-player team event tomorrow afternoon and concluding the week long bowling competition held here in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

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