Hong Kong bowlers aim for top honour

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 June, 2006, 12:00am

Wu Siu-hong, Cyrus Cheung Chun-chung and Rocky Hui Mau-Kai are set to clinch the trios gold for Hong Kong in the East Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships being held at the Mei Foo Super Bowl this week.

The SAR players' impressive performance yesterday puts them in pole position in the trios ranking table. As long as they avoid mistakes in the second half of the event today, they will clinch the top honour.

'If they play to their usual standard, I think they will win it,' said Hong Kong team manager, Andrew Fung. 'We are hopeful that they can do it.'

Another medal would add to the silver won by Sylvia Kong Sze-wai and Joey Yip Ka-yan in women's doubles on Saturday, and Hui's bronze in men's singles on Sunday.

Kong and Yip clinched the silver after scoring 2,334 points. The duo finished seven points behind gold medallists, Chien Hsiu-lan and Wang Ya-ting of Chinese Taipei.

Results from the singles, trios, doubles and team events are added up to decide ranking positions in the all events category. Medal winners in this category will be known at the end of play today. The top 16 ranked performers, in both men's and women's, advance to the prestigious masters competition.

Vanessa Fung Sue-ying of Hong Kong is second in the women's all events table, with 2,458 points, while Hui is third with 2,461 in the men's category.

The annual tournament has attracted nearly 80 bowlers from seven East Asian countries.

It began last week and will continue until Thursday. The 12-member Hong Kong squad is led by outstanding talent Wu, a former South China Morning Post Student Sportsperson of the Year, and includes schoolboy Eric Tseng Tak-hin.

A total of 39 men and 38 women are competing in six categories - singles, doubles, trios, team, all events and masters. The singles and doubles were contested over the weekend. Trios, all events and team continue today, with the masters scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday.

Joining the hosts in the competition are China, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Japan and Macau. Teams are preparing for the Asian Championships in Indonesia in August, and December's Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.