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Hong Kong defeats Chinese Taipei to claim gold in Men’s Trios

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Hong Kong’s Eric Tseng, Wu Siu Hong and Michael Mak (right) defeated Chen Wu-Chi, Xu Zhe-Jia (below left) and all-events champion Wu Hao-Ming of Chinese Taipei in an all-Asian championship match, 659-610, to capture the gold medal in men’s trios at the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women.

In an exciting semi-final match that went down to the last shot, the bowlers from Hong Kong edged Finland’s Joonas Jähi, Niko Oksanen and Petteri Salonen, 616-613.

Hong Kong’s anchor Wu doubled in the 10th frame while Finland’s (right) anchor and all-events silver medalist Salonen gave their opponents the open frame they needed when he left and failed to convert the 3-10 split.

In an all-Asian semi-final, fourth-seeded Hong Kong defeated top-seeded Japan (left), 613-559. Daisuke Yoshida, Shogo Wada and Shusaku Asato could not match their pace from the preliminaries three days ago.

The spinners from Chinese Taipei earned the silver medal, while Japan and Finland both got bronze.

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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World Bowling Championships – Men’s Trios Finals

South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, USA (Dec. 3, 2017)

Championship Round:
Gold: Hong Kong (Eric Tseng, Wu Siu Hong, Michael Mak), 1275 (2 games)
Silver: Chinese Taipei (Chen Wu-Chi, Xu Zhe-Jia, Wu Hao-Ming), 1223 (2 games)
Bronze: Japan (Daisuke Yoshida, Shogo Wada, Shusaku Asato), 559 (1 game)
Bronze: Finland (Joonas Jähi, Petteri Salonen, Niko Oksanen), 613 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Chen (221), Xu (212), Wu (180) def.
No. 1 Yoshida (177), Wada (163), Asato (219), 613-559
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Tseng (215), Mak (157), Wu (244) def.
No. 2 Jähi (181), Oksanen (207), Salonen (225), 616-613
Championship Match: Tseng (237), Mak (222), Wu (200) def.
Chen (180), Xu (235), Wu (195), 659-610.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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