Swede Daniel Fransson ends 12th World Youth Championships with victory in Boys Masters
Beats Chris Via (USA) for the title; top-seeded Sam Cooley (AUS) and Marshall Kent (USA) receive bronze
It was third medal of the championships for Fransson, who also got bronze with the Team and in All Events.
In the semifinals, Via cruised to a 246-180 victory over All Events champion Sam Cooley of Australia, while Fransson equally easily sidelined two-time gold medalist Marshall Kent, United States (Singles and Team), 242-202.
Via earned the silver medal while Cooley (left) and Kent (right) shared the bronze medal. In all four disciplines - boys and girls - in which the winner was decided in playoffs (Singles, Doubles, Team and Masters), the top seeded player failed to win the gold medal.
Cooley, who started the Round of 8 51 pins behind Kent in second place, regained the lead to earn the No. 1 seed for the playoffs with 6928 total and an average of 220.90 for 31 games. The Aussie averaged 215.43 in match play and won four out of seven matches (20 pins bonus for each win).
All Events silver medalist Kent slipped to second place in the last game with 6907 including 60 bonus pins. Fransson, who was third in All Events, retained third place with 6843 including a 5-2 match play record.
Via, who moved from 16th to seventh place in the Round of 24, leaped another three spots in the Round of 8 to take the fourth and last place in the finals with 6781 including the field-best seven game total of 1577 (225.29).
12th World Youth Championships took place at Blu-O Paragon Bowling Center in Bangkok, Thailand, from June 22 - July 3, 2012.
274 girls and boys from record 48 countries, who must not have reached their 21st birthday on January 1, 2012, competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, four-player Team event, All Events and Masters in the ten-day event.
The WTBA patterns "Mexico City" and "Atlanta" were used in Bangkok. The 45-foot Mexico City pattern is the second-longest of the twelve WTBA certified lane pattern (four short, four medium and four long). With a length of 38 feet, the Atlanta pattern is the shortest of the four medium pattern.
Singles was played on "Mexico City" and Doubles was contested on "Atlanta", while the Team event featured both oil patterns (3 games on each pattern).
The Masters was staged on dual lane condition (one lane dressed with the medium pattern and the other lane dressed with the long pattern).
Photos courtesy of Thai Tenpin Bowling Association (TTBA).
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2012 World Youth Championships - Combined Medal Tally
2012 World Youth Championships - Boys Medal Tally
Boys Masters Finals
1. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 448 (2 games)
2. Chris Via, United States, 444 (2 games)
3. Sam Cooley, Australia, 180 (1 game) and
(tie) Marshall Kent, United States, 202 (1 game)
Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Via def. No. 1 Cooley, 246-180
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Fransson def. No. 2 Kent, 242-202
Championship Match: Fransson def. Via, 206-198.
Boys Masters - Round of 8
Seven games Round Robin Match Play. 20 pins bonus for each win, 10 for a tie. The top 8 advance to the semifinals (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3).
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