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Chinese Taipei spinners take the early lead in Men’s Doubles Preliminaries

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The spinners from Chinese Taipei put another stamp on the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women by taking the early lead in the men’s doubles preliminaries Monday afternoon at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

Short after Wu Hao-Ming earned the silver medal in men’s singles this morning, his team mates Xu Zhe-Jia and Chen Wu-Chi (left, l-r) averaged 213.17 individually and as a team to pace the first of two qualifying squads with 2558 pinfall total.

The duo rolled games of 423, 431, 439, 410, 450 and 405 on the challenging Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern. Both athletes, who are using the so-called spinner or helicopter style, scored 1279. Xu had six games between 233 and 190 and Chen had six games between 199 and 226.

Trailing the spinners by 26 pins to sit in second place were Marshall Kent and AJ Johnson (right, l-r) from the host country USA, who toppled 2532 pins, an average of 211 as a team. After a sub-par first three games (1176), the duo closed with 457, 450 and 449 (1356).

Johnson led the way with 1276 with four-time PBA champion Kent close behind with 1256.

Michael Mak and Wu Siu Hong (left, l-r) of Hong Kong were further 34 pins behind in third place with 2498. The World Games bronze medalists started the event with 483, the highest game of the day so far and added five games between 425 and 372. Hong had 1255 and Mak added 1243.

Colombia’s Jaime Gonzalez and Santiago Mejia closed their set with 440 and 434 to take fourth place with 2483. Gonzalez totaled 1268 and Meija contributed 1215.

The top 4 of 53 team have to sit and wait for the results of the second squad later this afternoon. Only the top four teams will advance to the medal round on Tuesday afternoon. The other 49 teams of squad are already out of the hunt for the medals.

The World Bowling Championships for men and women will be held from Nov. 25 through Dec. 4 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

The Championships will award medals in six disciplines in each division – singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and masters.

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage of the combined World Championships including reports, photos and results after each round commencing with women’s singles preliminaries on Saturday, Nov. 25, all the way through to masters match play on Monday, Dec. 4, completed in the late afternoon.

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2017 World Bowling Championships – Men Doubles preliminaries after Squad 1/2

Top 4 duos will advance the the medal round on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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