Gold and Silver for Korea in Trios event at the Men's World Championship

    09/03/06

    2006 MWC

    Asiad Bowling Center in Busan, Korea (Sep. 2-3, 2006)



    2006MWCTriosTop3.jpg In one of the most exciting competitions in the history of the World Championships, the host country of Korea claimed both the gold and silver medals in the Trios event.

    Kim Tae-Won, Choi Jong-In and Joung Seoung-Joo, who posted a 4073 six-game total (226,28 average) in the afternoon squad, had secured the gold medal well before the final ball was rolled.

    Entering the final frame on the long oil pattern, their compatriots Choi Bok-Eum, Kang Hee-Won and Jo Nam-Yi had already secured the bronze medal and even had a slight chance to pass Malaysia and win silver.

    2006MWCTriosNationalAnthemKorea.jpg When lefty Bok-Eum finished with strike-spare for 247, his team mates had to go off the sheet to make their dream come true. And that was exactly what they did! In a dramatic battle of nerves, Hee-Won managed three strikes for 249 and then Nam-Yi, both right-handers, closed out the match with another three strikes for 727.

    The Koreans had the field-best 2099 three-game series on long oil, an average of 233,22, for 4024 pinfall total (223,56) to beat out Malaysia for the silver medal by two pins. Aaron Kong, Ben Heng and Zulmazran Zulkifli, who led the field of 78 trios after the first block on short oil yesterday, had to settle for the bronze medal with 4022 (223,44).

     "I am the happiest man in the world because I never expected us to win the gold medal," said Korean gold-medalist Choi Jong-In, who shot the highest individual 6 game series of 1498 in trios. "We participated in 2003 at the World Championships in Malaysia, but we failed at achieving medals. We came to this tournament to have another challenge, and we are very happy that we have reached the highest point."

    L-R Jo Nam-Yi, Choi Bok-Eum, Joung Seoung-Joo, Choi Jong-In, Kang Hee-Won and Kim Tae-Won. Click on the image to see it full size.

    128 pins off the pace were the spinners from Chinese Taipei. Cheng Chao-Sheng, Ku Ching-Ho and Kao Hai-Yuan felled 2014 pins on long oil, but could not compensate the 1874 performance on short oil, to finish in fourth place with 3888 (216,00).

    Finland, with Petri Mannonen, Petteri Salonen and Lasse Lintilä, had a strong finish with a 2073-series and leapfrogged into fifth position with 3880 (215,56). Mannonen rolled the highest three game set of the day (806 - 280, 289, 237) to help grab the lead in All Events after 12 out of 24 games with 2824 pinfall total and an average of 235,33.

    Germany's Achim Grabowski is second with 2765 (230,42), while previous leader Jason Belmonte, the two-handed player from Australia, slipped to third a 2763 (230,25).

    Eight Asian bowlers, 4 from Korea, 3 from Australia and one Filipino, six Europeans, two Finns and two Swedes, one German and one French, and two Team USA members, are among the top 16, who will advance to the Masters finals after six more games in the Team event (Monday and Tuesday) and the Singles event (Wednesday and Thursday).


    Korea remains atop the leaderboard in Trios event at the Men's World Championship


    2006MWCTaeWonJongInSeoungJoo.jpg Overnight Trios leader Malaysia with Aaron Kong, Ben Heng and Zulmazran Zulkifli needed a final 662-game in the 12.45 squad to overtake Koreans Kim Tae-Won, Choi Jong-In and Joung (-r) Seoung-Joo, who finished with 4073 six-game total in the morning squad at the Men's World Championships in Busan, Korea.

    Despite a hard fight, the three Malaysians managed only 610 pins for a 1989 3-game total on long oil (221 average) and slipped to second place in the overall standings with 4022 (223,44). Aaron Kong led the team with a fine 707-series.

    With Squad 1 to go, Chinese Taipei with Chao-Cheng, Ching-Ho and Hai-Yuan is in the bronze medal position with 3888. The second Malaysian trio, Daniel Lim, Azidi Ameran and Alex Liew led Squad 1 on short oil with 1952. They need a 235,77 average to overtake Korea, 230,11 for their team mates and 215,22 to overtake Chinese Taipei by one pin.

    Team USA with Rhino Page, reigning U.S. National Amateur champion Dan Patterson and defending champion in Trios, Bill Hoffman, tolled a 1953 set to finish second in the squad and sixth overall with 3837 pinfall total (213,17).

    2006MWCAntonisEvaggelidis300.jpg Mexico's Mario Quintero, Benjamin Corona and Alejandro Cruz shot the highest team 3-game series of 2034, an average of 226, an moved up to 11th place in the overall standing behind a 1723-performance (191,44) on short oil yesterday.

    Spaniard Juan C. Ramonde rolled games of 227, 265 and 236 for the squad-best 727-series, 202 pins better than his score on short oil. However, it was Antonis Evaggelidis (left), a lefty from Greece who set the highlight when he posted the first 300-game of the championships in game #5 on lanes 5/6.


    Korea targets for gold in Trios at the Men's World Championship


    2006MWCTaeWonJongInSeoungJoo.jpg Kim Tae-Won, Choi Jong-In and Joung Seoung-Joo (l-r) from Korea averaged 229 in the morning squad of the second day of the trios event to take the lead after six games - three on short, three on long oil - with a combined six-game total of 4073 and an overall average of 226,28.

    The Koreans had 2012 (223,55) on the short oil yesterday, good enough for second place, and improved by 49 pins on long oil and for 2061. Jong-In led the team with 802 (247, 279, 276) and a 1498 six-game total.

    Trailing Korea by 185 pins or more than 10 pins in average to sit in second place was Chinese Taipei with Cheng Chao-Sheng, Ku Ching-Ho and Kao Hai-Yuan. The spinners were tied with Finland before the final game and posted a 666 score to edge the Finns by eight pins with 3888 pinfall total and an average of 216,00.

    Sami Luoto.jpg Lasse Lintilä, World Champion in Trios in 1999, and Multiple European Champions Petri Mannonen and Petteri Salonen were in a disappointing 26th place yesterday, but came back on long oil with games of 682, 733 and 658 for the field-best three game set thus far of 2073. A nice birthday present for their coach, Sami Luoto (left).


    2006MWCPetriMannonen289.jpg With a 3880 six-game total, the Finns finished Squad 3 in third place with an overall average of 215,56. Mannonen (right), the reigning European Masters champ, was "31 under" after two games after 280 and 289 in the opening games. He finished with 237 to beat Jong-In by four pins for the highest individual block of the squad with 806, an average of 268,6, or 94 under as Petri would say.

    Singapore's Lee Yu-Wen, Shaun Ng and Remy Ong, who were in third place overall yesterday, slipped out of the medals in the sixth and final game behind a 619 score. The trio is currently in fourth position with 3846 (213,67).

    The leading teams have to sit and wait for the results of the two other squads. Overnight leader Malaysia (Ben Heng, Aaron Kong and Zulmazran Zulkifli) will take on the lanes at the Asiad Bowling Center in Busan at 12.45. The third and final squad is scheduled for 4.30 pm. The award ceremony will take place immediately after the final standings are confirmed by the organizing committee.


    Malaysia's Heng, Kong, Zulkifli lead Trios event after three games on short oil


    2006MWCHengKongZulkifli.jpgL-R Ben Heng, Aaron Kong and Zulmazran Zulkifli from Malaysia had a 2033 3-game series on the short oil pattern at the Asiad Bowling Center in Busan, Korea, to take the overnight lead in the Trios event in the Men's World Championships.

    The Malaysians started the third and final squad with a solid 602-series thanks to Heng's 238. The trio was on fire in games two and three to shoot into the lead with series of 724 and 707. Heng led the team with the day-best 744 series, an average of 248,00, to leap 110 spots into 26th place in All Events.

    The only other trio that reached the 2000-plateau were Choi Jong-In, Joung Seoung-Joo and Kim Tae-Won from the host country of Korea, very much too the delight of the Korean fans. The Koreans posted games of 684, 730 and 598 for 2012 pinfall total and an average of 223,56.

    Third place belonged to Singapore with Lee Yu-Wen, Shaun Ng and Remy Ong, who won three gold medals at the 2002 Asian Games in this bowling center. The team felled 1957 pins including a 706 in the opening game.

    Two more teams are within 100 pins off the gold medal position. The other Malaysian trio with Daniel Lim, Azidi Ameran and Alex Liew led the first squad with 1952 (216,89). Australia's Jason Walsh, Brandon Qualischefski and Jason Belmonte sit in fifth position with 1937 (215,22).

    Belmonte, who shot 628 on the short oil pattern, continued to lead the field of 245 players from 44 countries with a 241,00 average over nine games.

    All 78 trios will return for the final three games on the long-oil pattern on Sunday at 9am, 12.45 and 4.30 pm.


    Malaysia sets the pace in Trios event at the Men's World in Korea


    2006MWCLogo.jpg Daniel Lim, Azidi Ameran and Alex Liew rolled games of 607, 669 and 676 in the first of three squads on short oil condition to set the pace in the Trios event at the Men's World Championship in Busan, Korea. The Malaysians totaled 1952 pins and averaged 216,89 for three games.

    Australia's Jason Walsh, Brandon Qualischefski and Jason Belmonte were second with 1937. All Events leader Belmonte shot 222, 209 and 197 for a 628 3-game series to bring his total to 2169, or an average of 241,00 over nine games.

    Third place belonged to Koreans Choi Bok-Eum, Kang Hee-Won and Jo Nam-Yi, who checked in with 1925 (213,89). Team USA's David Haynes, Ronnie Sparks and Scott Pohl started the day with two sub-par games but jumped into sixth place with the field-best 710-game at 1865.


    Saturday, 02.09.2006
    08:00-09:00 Lane Maintenance
    09:00-11:45 Trios - Squad 1, 3 games on short oil
    11:45-12:45 Lane Maintenance
    12:45-15:30 Trios - Squad 2, 3 games on short oil
    15:30-16:30 Lane Maintenance
    16:30-19:15 Trios - Squad 3, 3 games on short oil

    Sunday, 03.09.2006
    08:00-09:00 Lane Maintenance
    09:00-11:45 Trios - Squad 2, 3 games on long oil
    11:45-12:45 Lane Maintenance
    12:45-15:45 Trios - Squad 3, 3 games on long oil
    15:30-16:30 Lane Maintenance
    16:30-19:15 Trios - Squad 1, 3 games on long oil
    19:15-20:15 Medal Ceremony Trios