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U.S. girls, Swedish boys win gold medals in Doubles at WYC

2014WYCGirlsDoublesSarahLokkerLizKuhlkin.jpg2014WYCBoysDoublesMarkusJanssonPontusAndersson.jpgSarah Lokker and Liz Kuhlkin from the United States of America and Swedes Markus Jansson and Pontus Andersson won two matches Monday evening at SCAA bowling center in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China, en route to claim gold in the girls and boys Doubles event at the 13th CGSE World Youth Championships.

Lokker/Kuhlkin (pictured left, l-r) used two solid games on the 45 feet Mexico City lane conditioning pattern to earn the first gold medal for USA in this Championships.

The Americans, seeded third in the playoffs, defeated No. 2 seed, Nadia Pramanik and Alisha Nabila of Indonesia, by mere two pins in the semifinals to set up a title match against the top-seeded Japanese bowlers.

2014WYCGirlsDoublesShionIzumuneKanaShimoide.jpg2014WYCGirlsDoublesBronzeMedalists.jpgShion Izumune and Kana Shimoide (left, l-r), who earned silver and bronze in Singles and sit in 1, 2 in All-Events after 12 of 18 games with six games in the Team event to go, celebrated a come-from-behind semifinal victory against No. 4 Colombia.

Pictured right from l-r: Laura Plazas & Tatiana Munoz (Colombia) and Alisha Nabila & Nadia Pramanik (Indonesia).

2014WYCGirlsDoublesAwardCeremony.jpgTatiana Munoz and Laura Plazas led Squad D Monday afternoon with 2426 and an average of 202.17 to grab the fourth and last spot for the playoffs. They led the Japanese almost the entire match, before Izumune struck out for 247 to put the match away, 387-368.

The title match was close from the first until the last frame. When Liz Kuhlkin doubled for the USA in the 9th and 10th frame and Shimoide failed to strike on her first ball in the last frame, the match was over. The U.S. girls wrapped up the title with a 370-361 victory.

Japan got the second silver medal and the third medal overall, while Indonesia and Colombia, who shared bronze, got their first medal in this Championships.

2014WYCGregYoungWesleyLow2.jpg2014WYCAndreForsEnriqueKassian.jpgOn the Boys side, USA’s Gregory Young and Singles silver medalists Wesley Low (left, l-r) as well as Mexicans Enrique Kassian and Andre Fors (right, r-l) bowled their way into the playoffs in Squad D.

The Americans led the last squad with 2641 total and an average of 220.08 to move into second place in the standings en route to set up a semifinal clash with their team mates Matt Farber and Kamron Doyle, who finished the preliminaries in third place.

Thanks to his 1372 series, Wesley Low widened his lead in All-Events to 72 pins with 2803 12-game total and an average of 233.58. Fellow two-handed lefty, Jesper Svensson of Sweden is second with 2731 and is followed by Kamron Doyle (2680) and local favorite Michael Mak (2642), Hong Kong.

2014RobertAnderssonPontusAnderssonMarkusJansson.jpg2014WYCBoysDoublesMattFarberCamronDoyle2.jpgThe Mexicans took the fourth and last spot to advance with 2582 (215.17) and met the top seeded Swedes in the semifinals. Jansson (right, 202) and Andersson (center, 199), who are coached by 2004 WYC Doubles champion Robert Andersson (left, no relation), were very consistent in their 401-376 win.

In the all-U.S. affair Farber (222) and Doyle (201) (pictured right, l-r) eliminated Young (210) and Low (161) by 52 pins, 423-371, to bowl the Swedes for the title.

The Swedes had a comfortable lead heading into the last frame but a 7-10 split by Jansson and a four consecutive strike by Farber opened the door a little bit for the Americans. When Andersson, who needed strike-spare in the 10th frame to shut out their opponents, failed to strike on his first ball, Doyle could force at least a roll-off by throwing three strikes.

2014WYCBoysDoublesAwardCeremony.jpg2014WYCBoysDoublesBronzeMedalists.jpgWhen the 16-year old, the youngest and tallest player in the U.S. squad, didn’t strike on his first shot, the match was over. Markus Jansson, son of former World and European champion Raymond Jansson, and Pontus Andersson won the match and the gold medal, 405-371, to follow in the footprints of their coach. Raymond Jansson watches his son’s triumph from the stands.

Pictured right from l-r: Andre Fors & Enrique Kassian (Mexico) and Greg Young & Wesley Low (USA).

The 196 boys and the 96 girls from 46 countries will return on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. HK time for the first block of three games of the four-player Team event, again on the Mexico City lane conditioning pattern. The second block on the 35 feet Beijing pattern will be played on Wednesday with the semifinals and finals to follow in the evening.

The Team event will also decide the medalists in All-Events and the top 24, who will advance to the Masters competition, which will conclude the Championships on Thursday and Friday.

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13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Girls Doubles Playoffs

SCAA Bowling Center, Hong Kong, China (August 11, 2014)

Championship Round:
1. United States (Sarah Lokker, Liz Kuhlkin)
2. Japan (Shion Izumune, Kana Shimoide)
3. Indonesia (Nadia Pramanik, Alisha Nabila) and Colombia (Tatiana Munoz, Laura Plazas)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Japan (Izumune 247, Shimoide 140) def. No. 4 Colombia (Munoz 217, Plazas 151), 387-368
Semifinal Match 2: No 3 United States (Lokker 181, Kuhlkin 173) def. No. 2 Indonesia (Pramanik 155, Nabila 195), 354-350
Championship: United States (Lokker 165, Kuhlkin 205) def. Japan (Izumune 192, Shimoide 169), 370-361.

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13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Boys Doubles Playoffs

SCAA Bowling Center, Hong Kong, China (August 11, 2014)

Championship Round:
1. Sweden (Markus Jansson, Pontus Andersson)
2. United States (Matthew Farber, Kamron Doyle)
3. United States (Gregory Young, Wesley Low) and Mexico (Enrique Kassian, Andre Fors)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Sweden (Jansson 202, Andersson 199) def. No. 4 Mexico (Kassian 191, Fors 185), 401-376
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 United States (Farber 222, Doyle 201) def. No. 2 United States (Young 210, Low 161), 423-371
Championship: Sweden (Jansson 180, Andersson 225) def. United States (Farber 205, Doyle 166), 405-371.

13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Girls Doubles after Qualifying

Countries/Players with position, country and 6-game total. Top 4 advance to the playoffs.

13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Boys Doubles after Qualifying

Countries/Players with position, country and 6-game total. Top 4 advance to the playoffs.

13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Girls All-Events after 12 of 18 games

Players with position, country and 12-game total. Top 24 after 18 games (six games each in Singles, Doubles and Team) will advance to the Masters finals.

13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Boys All-Events after 12 of 18 games

Players with position, country and 12-game total. Top 24 after 18 games (six games each in Singles, Doubles and Team) will advance to the Masters finals.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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