Korea sweeps gold medals in Girls and Boys Team event at World Youth Championships
Korean girls break the leaders curse to claim the title from top seed
Korean girls Kim Yeon-Ju, Shin Bo-Hyun, Baek Seung-Ja and Kim Moon-Jeong became the first top seed in the championships to win a match in the playoffs, when the foursome eliminated No. 4 England with Sarah Overall, Rachel Cox, Danielle Hopcroft and Hayley White in the semifinals. 816-756.
In the other semifinal match, Singapore's Daphne Tan, New Hui Fen, Shayna Ng and Jazreel Tan (pictured right), seeded second, cruised to victory over No. 3 Malaysia with Siti Safiyah, Fatin Syazliana, Jaqueline Sijore and Sin Li Jane, 860-769.
In the title match Singles champion Kim Yeon-Ju (185), Shin Bo-Hyun (209), Baek Seung-Ja (233) and All Events champion Kim Moon-Jeong (212) topped Singapore, 839-785, to win the third gold medal for Korea in the women's division.
Singapore earned its second silver medal after silver (and bronze) in Doubles while Malaysia and England shared the bronze medal.
On the boys' side, No. 4 Junior Team USA's Jacob Peters (279), Devin Bidwell (227), Craig Hanson (216) and Andrew Koff (220), pictured left, with Team USA head coach Rod Ross flew past No. 1 Estonia with Vallo Lees, Kristjan Leisner, √úlari Lees and Kert Truus, 942-786, to set up a title match against the Korea boys.
Hong Hae-Sol, Kim Ju-Young, Shin Seung-Hyeon and Park Jong-Woo, seeded second, topped No. 3 seed Australia with Chris Watson, Ben Taylor, Kevin McRae and Sam Cooley, Australia, in the other semifinal, 812-755
In a high-scoring boys' title match, Korea, (Hong 235, Kim 237, Shin 199, and Park 221) edged the United States (Peters 222, Bidwell 211, Hanson 226, and Koff 201), 892-869, to win the first gold medal for the Korean boys team after three bronze medals.
Korea leads the overall medal tally at the 11th World Youth Championships with 4 gold medals, followed by the United States with two gold medals while England and Colombia got one gold medal each. Korea is the sole of the 46 participating countries that has medaled in all eight disciplines so far. Seven of the eight Korean players, four girls and three boys, qualified for the Masters finals. Medal Tally
The latest World Youth champions are:
- Girls Singles - Kim Yeon-Ju, Korea
- Boys Singles - Adam Cairns, England
- Girls Doubles - Colombia (Laura Fonnegra & Maria Jose Rodriguez)
- Boys Doubles - United States (Craig Hanson & Andrew Koff)
- Girls All Events - Kim Moon-Jeong, Korea
- Boys All Events - Andrew Koff, United States
- Girls Team: Korea (Park Jong-Woo, Kim Ju-Young, Shin Seung-Hyeon, Hong Hae-Sol)
- Boys Team: Korea (Park Jong-Woo, Kim Ju-Young, Shin Seung-Hyeon, Hong Hae-Sol)
Action shifts to the Girls and Boys Masters finals which will conclude the 11th World Youth Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
Match-ups for the Girls Masters Round of 16 (1 p.m. CET)
#1 Kim Moon-Jeong, Korea vs. #16 Christine Bator, United States
#2 Hayley White, England vs. #15 Jennifer Boisselle, United States
#3 Diana Zavjalova, Latvia vs. #14 Gabriela Hernandez, Mexico
#4 Jazreel Tan, Singapore vs. #13 Laura Fonnegra, Colombia
#5 Shayna Ng, Singapore vs. #12 Carmen Haandrikman, Netherlands
#6 Sin Li Jane, Malaysia vs. #11 Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia
#7 Kim Yeon-Ju, Korea vs. #10 Shin Bo-Hyun, Korea
#8 Baek Seung-Ja, Korea vs. #9 Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden
Match-ups for the Boys Masters Round of 16 (1 p.m CET)
#1 Andrew Koff, United States vs. #16 Richard Teece, England
#2 Park Jong-Woo, Korea vs. #15 Dwayne van Zandwijk, Netherlands
#3 Samu Valaranta, Finland vs. #14 Jacob Peters, United States
#4 Mats Maggi, Belgium vs. #13 Kim Ju-Young, Korea
#5 Daniels Vezis, Latvia vs. #12 Kevin Belandria, Venezuela
#6 Kert Truus, Estonia vs. #11 √úlari Lees, Estonia
#7 Sam Cooley, Australia vs. #10 Phil Hulst, Netherlands
#8 Shin Seung-Hyeon, Korea vs. #9 Steven Miller, England
The United States Bowling Congress is working in cooperation with the Finnish Bowling Federation to provide live video streaming of the semifinals and finals of each event.
World Youth Championships - Live Streaming Schedule for Masters competition:
Saturday, July 31: Boys and Girls Masters, 1:00 p.m. CET or 7 a.m. EDT
Sunday, Aug. 1: Boys and Girls Masters, 8 a.m. CET or 2 a.m. EDT.
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11th World Youth Championships - Girls Team Finals
1. Korea (Kim Yeon-Ju, Shin Bo-Hyun, Baek Seung-Ja, Kim Moon-Jeong)
2. Singapore (Daphne Tan, New Hui Fen, Shayna Ng, Jazreel Tan)
3. Malaysia (Siti Safiyah, Fatin Syazliana, Jaqueline Sijore, Sin Li Jane) and England (Sarah Overall, Rachel Cox, Danielle Hopcroft, Hayley White)
Semifinal Match 1: #1 Korea (Kim Yeon-Ju 167, Shin Bo-Hyun 178, Baek Seung-Ja 226, Kim Moon-Jeong 245) def.
#4 England (Sarah Overall 202, Rachel Cox 174, Danielle Hopcroft 196, Hayley White 164), 816-756
Semifinal Match 2: #2 Singapore (Daphne Tan 210, New Hui Fen 209, Shayna Ng 177, Jazreel Tan 264) def.
#3 Malaysia (Siti Safiyah 197, Fatin Syazliana 184, Jaqueline Sijore 172, Sin Li Jane 216), 860-769
Title Match: Korea (Kim Yeon-Ju 185, Shin Bo-Hyun 209, Baek Seung-Ja 233, Kim Moon-Jeong 212) def.
Singapore (Daphne Tan 213, New Hui Fen 195, Shayna Ng 178, Jazreel Tan 199), 839-785
11th World Youth Championships - Boys Team Finals
1. Korea (Park Jong-Woo, Kim Ju-Young, Shin Seung-Hyeon, Hong Hae-Sol)
2. United States (Jacob Peters, Devin Bidwell, Craig Hanson,,rew Koff)
3. Estonia (Vallo Lees, Kristjan Leisner, √úlari Lees, Kert Truus) and Australia (Chris Watson, Ben Taylor, Kevin McRae, Sam Cooley)
Semifinal Match 1: #4 United States (Jacob Peters 279, Devin Bidwell 227, Craig Hanson 216, Andrew Koff 220) def.
#1 Estonia (Vallo Lees 167, Kristjan Leisner 190, √úlari Lees 191, Kert Truus 238), 942-786
Semifinal Match 2: #2 Korea (Hong Hae-Sol 195, Kim Ju-Young 180, Shin Seung-Hyeon 202, Park Jong-Woo 235) def.
#3 Australia (Chris Watson 166, Ben Taylor 194, Kevin McRae 178, Sam Cooley 217), 812-755
Title Match: Korea (Hong Hae-Sol 235, Kim Ju-Young 237, Shin Seung-Hyeon 199, Park Jong-Woo 221) def.
United States (Jacob Peters 222, Devin Bidwell 211, Craig Hanson 226, Andrew Koff 201), 892-869