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New leaders in Asian Ranking

12th September, Hong Kong: Remy Ong's two gold medal and a quarterfinalist in the World Men's Championship has taken him to the top of the Men's division of the Asian Ranking standings while Indonesia's Putty Armein grabbed the women's top spot.

Ong, who was 25th prior to his historical success in the World Men's Championship in Busan last week, earned a total of 380 points from the two gold medals in the Singles and All Events and a quarterfinals in the Masters finals to bring his total to 488 points and the top spot in the current rankings.

Malaysia's Alex Liew, who took the silver medal after loosing to Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong in the Asian Championship Masters finals, retained second spot with 428 after only managing to earn 20 points at the World Men's championship. Wu dropped to fourth with 413 after failing to score a single point at the same championship.

Asian Championship All Events and Team Gold medalist, Azidi Ameran of Malaysia moved up to third with 422 after a better showing at the World Championship earning a total of 150 points.

Remy Ong taking over the Asian Ranking lead

World Championship Masters silver medalist, Jason Belmonte of Australia has also improved his position after accummulating 208 points to bring his total to 394 for fifth spot while Asian Championship singles gold medalist, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia dropped to sixth with 381.

Filipino, Biboy Rivera moved up from 17th to seventh with the victory in the Masters finals in the World Championship and the final and eighth spot went to twice ABF Tour champion and World Youth All Events gold medalist, Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia with 334.

World Ranking Masters runner-up, Putty Armein of Indonesia, took over the lead of the women's division after winning two gold medals and finishing 10th in the Masters finals to earn 232 points and a total of 393.

Putty Armein heading the women's ranking

Winner of five international titles this year and four-time Asian Ranked No. 1, Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia was pushed down to second spot on 329 points. Shalin, however did not take part in the Asian Championship.

A distant third in the women's table is Lai Kin Ngoh of Malaysia with 251. Asian Chapionship Trios Gold medalist, Wang Yu-Ling of Chinese Taipei is fourth with 240. Malaysia also has three others in the top 8 with Choy Poh Lai (5th), Wendy Chai (6th) and Zandra Aziela (8th). Filipina, Liza Clutario, champion of the ABF Tour Indonesia leg champion is seventh with 200 points.

There are four more Asian Ranking championships left this year for the bowlers to earn more points for next year's World Ranking Masters 2007 - the on-going Hong Kong International Open, the 8th Chinese Taipei International Open from 17th - 27th September, the 5th Guam International Open from 13th - 26th November and the all-important Doha Asian Games in December.

Detailed Rankings: Men's Current Ranking | Women's Current Ranking.

Photos courtesy of ABF.

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