Representing the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) at the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia moved into the top 4 in the trios preliminaries currently underway at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
Asian champions Wu Siu Hong, Eric Tseng and Michael Mak (right, l-r) of Hong Kong toppled 1930 pins in the second three-game block on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern, the highest block of the day so far for 3808 (211.56 average) to leap from 11th to second place in the overall standings, with the bowlers of squad 1 yet to bowl their second block.
The Hong Kong bowlers were the only team in the men’s division which moved into the top 4. They overtook block one leaders Netherlands and Korea, who currently sit in 9th and 8th place with 3623 and 3630, respectively.
Japan’s Shusaku Asato, Shogo Wada and Daisuke Yoshida (left, l-r) held on to the lead with 3868 and an average of 214.89.
Mitch Hupé, Zachary Wilkins and Francois Lavoie (right, l-r) of Canada slipped from second to third place with 3749.
Denmark’s Mik Stampe, Jimmy Dan Mortensen and Dan Østergaard-Poulsen (left, l-r) fell one spot to the fourth and last place to advance to the medal round on Sunday with 3720.
All other teams of squad 2 and 3 are out of the race for the medals in trios.
Pan Yu-Fen, Chou Chia-Chen and Su Shu-Wen (right, l-r) of Chinese Taipei overtook five teams in squad 3 to take the pole position in women’s trios with 3721 total and an average of 206.72.
The three-some, all using the spinner or helicopter style, averged almost 221 as a team including games of 654, 705 and 628 for 1987, the highest three-game block in the women’s competition so far.
Speaking of the spinners, they have two options in world championships as an insider told BowlingDigital. If the scoring pace is high, the spinners have no chance to win medals and they will enjoy the competition and have vacation.
If the scores are lower as on the challenging pattern here at South Point Bowling Plaza, the spinners know they have chance to win medals (as they already did in men’s singles) and go for it with everything they have.
Overnight leaders Sharon Limansantoso, Tannya Roumimper and Putty Armein (l-r) lost some ground and fell one spot to second place with 3704 (205.78).
The Indonesians added 1741 to the 1963 from yesterday but stayed ahead of squad 2 leader Denmark with Britt Brøndsted, Rikke Holm Agerbo and Mai Ginge Jensen (right, l-r), who tolaled 3675 earlier today.
Colombia’s Anggie Ramirez, Juliana Franco and Isabella Correa (left, l-r), and Malaysia’s Siti Safiyah, Natasha Roslan and Syaidatul Afifah (below right, l-r) are tied for fourth place with 3661 or an average of 203.39.
If none of the teams in squad 1, which will conclude the preliminaries this afternoon, kicks the fourth placed teams out, a one-ball roll-off featuring all three players involved will be held to break the tie.
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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