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Japan girls, U.S. boys win coveted WYC Team gold

2014WYCAllEventsShionIzumune.jpg2014WYCAllEventsWesleyLow.jpgJapan’s Shion Izumune (left), 15, and Junior Team USA’s Wesley Low (right), 17, each won two gold medals on the sixth day of competition at the 13th Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society World Youth Championships at the South China Athletic Association bowling center ion Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China.

Izumune, who also has two silver medals in Singles and Doubles, and Low, who won silver in Singles and bronze in Doubles, averaged 213.11 and 234.67, respectively, to win the gold medals in All-Events and the four-player Team event.

2014WYCGirlsTeamJapan.jpgLike in Singles and Doubles, the Japanese girls (left) won the qualifying for the medal round in the four-player Team event with 4874 six-game averaging 203.08 for six games, three games on the 45 feet Mexico City lane conditioning pattern and three games on the 35 feet Beijing.

Izumune, who had 1303 in Singles (on short oil) and 1296 in Doubles (on long oil), had solid 1237 in the Team event to secure the gold medal in All-Events (combined results in Singles, Doubles and Team qualifying) with 3836 total and an average of 213.11.

2014WYCGirlsTeamBronzeUSA.jpg2014WYCAllEventsGirlsTop3.jpgMary Wells and Doubles champion Liz Kuhlkin (with Sarak Lokker) of the United States finished 59 and 112 pins behind in second and third place with 3777 (209.83) and 3724 (206.89) to earn the silver and bronze medals.

L-R Wells, Izumune and Kuhlkin.

The U.S. quartet (right), which was completed by Stephanie Schwartz, missed the No. 1 seed by mere 12 pins to finish qualifying in second place with 4862 (202.58). The top 2 Teams had the advantage to choose the lane condition (short or long) for the semifinals.

Rounding out the top 4 were Sweden in third place with 4861 (202.54) and Finland in fourth place with 4782 (199.25).

2014WYCGirlsTeamBronzeFinland.jpgThe Japanese girls, Mirai Ishimoto, Mana Yoshida, Shion Izumune and Kana Shimoide coached by USBC Silver level coach Kazuhide Shimoji decided to bowl on the long pattern (Mexico City) and the decision paid off. The Finnish girls, Eliisa Hiltunen, Roosa Lundén, Jonna Jokinen and Sanna Pasanen (left) never were in the match while Japan bowled a solid game to advance, 750-685.

The other match between USA and Sweden’s Ida Andersson, Annie Thorell, and sisters Cajsa and Jenny Wegner was a high-scoring affair that went down to the very last frame. Anchor Jenny Wegner struck out for a 838-821 win to set up a title match with Japan.

2014WYCGirlsTeamSilverSweden.jpgThe Swedes (right9 carried the momentum into the title match and increased their lead frame-by-frame to more than 40 pins heading into the final frame. Never count the Japanese out. Three players were working on a strike in the 9th frame and of course it was Izumune who doubled in the 10th frame to narrow the gap to only few pins.

2014WYCGirlsTeamGoldJapan.jpgWhen Jenny Wegner failed to strike on her first ball, the door was open for Japan, Though Wegner spared and struck on her fill ball, anchor bowler Shimoide needed two strikes and a 9-count to win the gold medal.

Shimoide calmly struck on her first ball and then on the second, but the fill ball went a little high and seemed to leave the 4-7-10 split but 7 and 10 fell late to give Japan a dramatic 784-783 win and the coveted team gold (left). Sweden earned silver medal while USA and Finland both got bronze.

2014WYCBoysTeamJapan.jpgWith the two gold medals on Wednesday, the Japanese girls took over the lead in the medal tally with two gold, two silver and two gold medals.

The Japanese boys did their utmost to match the performance of their girls. Starting the second qualifying block in seventh place, Tetsuya Chiba, Yuhi Shinbata, Takuya Miyazawa and Kenta Yoshida rolled games of 805, 972, the highest game of the event, and 770 for 2547 and 4980 total (207.50 average) to beat out Sweden for the fourth and last spot for the playoffs by mere three pins.

2014WYCBoysTeamUSA.jpgAs in all our World Championships semifinals, the No. 4 seed bowls the No. 1 seed, Japan clashed with USA’s Matthew Farber, Gregory Young, Kamron Doyle and Wesley Low (left) who out averaged their nearest competitor by more than 12 pins breaking the WYC record for three games with 2795 (previous record was 2758 (936, 951, 908) by Sweden, 2012) and missing the six-games record of the Swedish team (5389) by just 21 pins with 5368 total (223.67).

2014WYCWesleyLow300HammerNail.jpgWesley Low (pictured left with ‘Nail’ manufactured by Hammer) led the team with 771 including the first 300 game of the 13th CGSE World Youth Championships on lanes 13-14 at the 40-lane SCAA bowling center.

The 17-year-old two-handed lefty accomplished the feat in the first game of the second block, fourth game overall. It was the fifth perfecto in WYC history and the fourth by a boy.

PBA star Tommy Jones, United States, was the first youth bowler who achieved perfection (1996) and was followed Mubarak Al Muraikhi of Qatar (1998) and Syimir Abdul Razak of Malaysia (2010). Daniela Alvarado of Mexico (2008) is the only girl in the elite 300-club of the World Youth Championships.



2014WYCAllEventsBoysTop3.jpgBoosted by the 300 and the 771 series, Low (center) cruised to the title in All-Events with record 4224 18-game total and an average of 234.67. Previous record-holder was three-time PBA champion Dom Barrett of England (4153, 2008).

Low’s team mate Kamron Doyle (left) had a 764 today to secure second place and the silver medal with 4095 (227.50). Jesper Svensson (right), a two-handed lefty from Sweden, finished his set with 279 and 752 to claim the bronze medal with 4078 (226.56).

2014WYBoysTeamSilverMalaysia.jpgIn the second semifinal match in the Boys Division, second-placed Malaysia with Muhd Rafiq Ismail, Timmy Tan, Jonathan Ding Sagan and Ahmad Muaz Fishol (left) squared off with No. 3 seed England featuring Curtis Hooper, Matthew Clayton, Christopher Lam and Elliot Crosby (below right) coached by Ray Teece.

2014WYBoysTeamBronzeEngland.jpgThe Malaysian coach Holloway Cheah decided to bowl on the short pattern (Beijing) on which the English bowlers a huge 965 opening game yesterday. The Malaysian averaged over 225 and flew past their opponents, 909-738.

2014WYBoysTeamBronzeJapan.jpgThe other was much closer but the Japanese bowlers (left) were unable to put enough pressure on the Americans, who advanced to the title match, 776-760.

2014WYBoysTeamGoldUSA.jpgThe gold medal match got off to a strange start as the Malaysians opened in five of the first six frames including four single-pin misses in a row.

The U.S. boys (right) coached by Team USA head coach and USBC Gold level coach instructor, Rod Ross, bowled an extremely consistent match with games between 200 and 206 to put the match away well before the final frame en route to defend their title from 2012 with a, 812-735 victory.

Malaysia received the silver medal and England and Japan got bronze.

The top 24 girls and boys in the All-Events standings advanced to the Masters competition which will conclude the 13th CGSE World Youth Championships on Thursday and Friday.

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13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Girls Team Playoffs

SCAA Bowling Center, Hong Kong, China (August 13, 2014)

Championship Round:
1. Japan (Mirai Ishimoto, Mana Yoshida, Shion Izumune, Kana Shimoide)
2. Sweden (Ida Andersson, Annie Thorell, Cajsa Wegner, Jenny Wegner)
3. United States (Mary Wells, Stephanie Schwartz, Sarah Lokker, Lizabeth Kuhlkin)
and (tie) Finland (Eliisa Hiltunen, Roosa Lundén, Jonna Jokinen, Sanna Pasanen)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Japan (Ishimoto 200, Yoshida 177, Izumune 160, Shimoide 213) def. No. 4 Finland (Hiltunen 159, Lundén 178, Jokinen 192, Pasanen 156), 750-685
Semifinal Match 2: No 3 Sweden (Andersson 210, Thorell 205, C. Wegner 177, J. Wegner 246) def.
No. 2 United States (Wells 201, Schwartz 210, Lokker 183, Kuhlkin 227), 838-821
Championship: Japan (Ishimoto 171, Yoshida 210, Izumune 223, Shimoide 180) def.
Sweden (Andersson 257, Thorell 171, C. Wegner 178, J. Wegner 177), 784-783.

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13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Boys Team Playoffs

SCAA Bowling Center, Hong Kong, China (August 13, 2014)

Championship Round:
1. United States (Matt Farber, Gregory Young, Kamron Doyle, Wesley Low)
2. Malaysia (Muhd Rafiq Ismail, Timmy Tan, Jonathan Ding Sagan, Ahmad Muaz Fishol)
3. England (Curtis Hooper, Matthew Clayton, Christopher Lam, Elliot Crosby) and
(tie) Japan (Tetsuya Chiba, Yuhi Shinbata, Takuya Miyazawa, Kenta Yoshida)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 United States (Farber 168, Young 221, Doyle 215, Low 172) def.
No. 4 Japan (Chiba 189, Shinbata 203, Miyazawa 160, Yoshida 208), 776-760
Semifinal Match 2: No 2 Malaysia (Rafiq 211, Tan 242, Ding 244, Muaz 212) def.
No. 3 England (Hooper 214, Clayton 206, Lam 160, Crosby 158), 909-738
Championship: United States (Farber 206, Young 204, Doyle 200, Low 202) def.
Malaysia (Rafiq 174, Tan 145, Ding 168, Muaz 248), 812-735.

13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Girls Team event after Qualifying

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

13th CGSE World Youth Championships – Boys Team event after Qualifying

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

13th CGSE WYC – Girls All-Events after 18 games (final standings)

Players with position, country and 18-game total. Top 3 earn gold, silver and bronze. Top 24 in All-Events (six games each in Singles, Doubles and Team event) advance to the Masters finals.

13th CGSE WYC – Boys All-Events after 18 games (final standings)

Players with position, country and 18-game total. Top 3 earn gold, silver and bronze. Top 24 in All-Events (six games each in Singles, Doubles and Team event) advance to the Masters finals.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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