The Japanese men and the Danish women set the tone in men’s and women’s trios at the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women as squad 2 has completed the six-game preliminaries Thursday morning at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
Overnight leader Shusaku Asato, Shogo Wada and Daisuke Yoshida (right, l-r) of Japan, who led the 69 men’s trios, 2018, had a rough start into the second day as they posted sub-par games of 562 and 596 on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern but maintained a slim lead heading into the last game.
Yoshida (224), Wada (256) and Asato (212) closed with a big 692 game for the third-highest 1850 set today and to lead the 21 trios of squad 2 with 3868 and an average of 214.89.
Canadians Mitch Hupé, Zachary Wilkins and Francois Lavoie (left, l-r), who were third in squad 2 and seventh overall after the first three-game block yesterday, joined forces to roll the second-highest block of the day (1854) to overtake Germany and to move into second place with 3749.
Starting the day in eighth position in this squad and 23rd overall, Danes Mik Stampe, Jimmy Dan Mortensen and Dan Østergaard-Poulsen (right, l-r) were the only team to surpass the 1900-mark to jump into third place with 1908 and 3720 total, including a 701 high game.
Rounding out the top 4 were Timo Schröder, Andreas Gripp and Frank Drevenstedt (left, l-r) of Germany who slipped from second to fourth place with 1763 and 3682, to still have mathematical chance to advance to the medal round on Sunday, Dec. 3.
All other teams of squad 2 are already out of the race for the medals in trios.
On the women’s side positions no. 1 2, 3 and 4 were decided in the final frames of the last game.
Britt Brøndsted, Rikke Holm Agerbo and Mai Ginge Jensen (right, l-r) got a bunch strikes in their last three frames to post the second-highest 1835 series en route to overtake Malaysia and Colombia to lead squad 2 after six games with 3675 total and an average of 204.17.
Colombians Anggie Ramirez, Juliana Franco and Isabella Correa (left, l-r) closed with a big 697 game for the third-best 1812 series to tie Malaysia for second place with 3661.
Malaysia’s Siti Safiyah, Natasha Roslan and Syaidatul Afifah (right, l-r), who led squad 2 after three games with 1877, but were only in sixth place overall, managed 1784 today.
Team USA’s Shannon Pluhowsky, Josie Barnes and Stefanie Johnson (left, l-r) rolled games of 613, 646 and 590 for 1849, the highest block of the squad, to leap into fourth place with 3615 total.
In the trios event, the 213 men and 176 women were split into three squads to bowl two blocks of three games over two days, both on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern.
The top 4 trios, men and women, with the highest six-game total will advance to the medal round on Sunday, Dec. 3.
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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