The field is set for the medal round in men’s singles in the World Bowling Championships as Xander van Mazijk, Netherlands; Israel Hernandez, Puerto Rico; Wu Hao-Ming, Chinese Taipei; and Tobias Börding, Germany, will bowl for the medals Monday morning at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
Pictured above from left: Israel Hernandez, Xander van Mazijk, Wu Hao-Ming and Tobias Börding.
The second of two qualifying squads started and ended with a bang. Wu (left), a 35-year-old right-hander of Chinese Taipei, who is using the so-called spinner or helicopter style, rolled the first 300 game of the Championships in the first game of squad 2 on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern.
The bronze medalist in singles at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) added games of 227, 191, 234 and 170. Heading into the last game, Wu needed 198 to overtake Börding and Thomas Larsen of Denmark, who were tied for third place in the first squad with 1319, by one pin.
Wu closed with 215 for 1337, an average of 222.83, to secure the no. 3 seed for the medal round. While squad 1 leaders van Mazijk (left) and Hernandez (right) remained atop the 213-player leaderboard with 1373 and 1361, respectively, to book their spots in the medal round, Börding and Larsen met in a one-ball roll-off for fourth place.
Opposite to the women’s roll-off yesterday, in which Hong Kong’s Chan Shuk Han and Mai Ginge Jensen bowled for third and fourth place, it was do-or-die, in or out, medal or no medal for Börding and Larsen.
Starting first, Larsen (left), 28, a two-time PBA champion, hit the pocket but left a 10 pin.
Börding (pictured with his team mates and coach Peter Lorenz, right), a 25-year-old right-hander, who finished second in the 2014 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup falling to PBA star Chris Barnes in the title match, fired his ball deep inside into the pocket which resulted in a strike to win the roll-off, 10-9, and to earn the no. 4 spot for the medal round.
Larsen (left) had to settle for fifth place. Jaime Gonzalez of Colombia, who led squad 2 after five games with 131 pins over (based on a 200 average) finished with 166 to fall out of the top 4 to seventh place with 1297.
Van Mazijk’s fellow countryman Mark Jacobs made a late run but fell 30 pins short to finish in ninth place with 1290.
The men’s and women’s singles medal rounds will be held simultaneously starting Monday morning at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) with the semi-finals. Van Mazijk meets Börding and Hernandez takes on Wu. The winners advance to the gold medal match at 9.30 a.m. and the losers both receive a bronze medal.
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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