The teams from the second squad dominated the men’s doubles preliminaries at the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women with the top 4 duos advancing to the medal round Tuesday evening at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
Teams from Japan, United States, Finland and Hong Kong will bowl for the medals while Wu Hao-Ming of Chinese Taipei moved into the lead in All-Events after 12 of 24 games.
Takuya Miyazawa and Shota Kouki (left, l-r) of Japan led the 105 doubles on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern with 2638 total and an average of 219.83 to earn the no. 1 seed for medal round.
Heading into the last game the Japanese bowlers were in fourth place in squad 2 and fifth overall, but a 501 last game, including a 299 game by Miyazawa, propelled the duo into the pole position.
The duo rebounded from a slow start (1180 for three games) with 1458 (an average of 243) for the last three games. Miyazawa led the 213-player field with 1404 and an average of 234.00 while Kouki contributed 1234.
Second place belonged to Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones (right, l-r), United States, with 2631 (219.43). Jones led the way with 1384 and Barnes added 1247.
Both are 18-time Professional Bowlers Association champions and past Player and Rookie of the Year as well as multiple World champions. Barnes will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2018.
The Americans will meet Finland’s Petteri Salonen and Niko Oksanen (left, l-r) in the semi-finals. Oksanen, a two-time defending European Youth Championships all-events champion and Salonen, a long-time Finish national team member and world and European champion, were 24 pins behind the Americans in third place with 2607 (217.25).
The Finns held off Lau Kwun Ho and Eric Tseng (right, l-r) of Hong Kong just six pins. Lau and Tseng led squad 2 after five games but finished with their low game of 388 and slipped to fourth place with 2601 (216.75).
The Hong Kong keglers, who will meet the top seeded Japanese in the semi-finals, were able to weather a late charge by Hsieh Chin-Liang and singles silver medalist Wu Hao-Ming. The spinners from Chinese Taipei both shot 258 in the last game for 516, but fell 22 pins short to settle for fifth place with 2579.
Canada’s Zachary Wilkins and Mitch Hupé were just 10 pins back in sixth place with 2569 (214.08). Squad 1 leaders Chen Wu-Chi and Xu Zhe-Jia (left, l-r) slipped all the way down to seventh place with 2558.
The women will bowl their doubles preliminaries Tuesday morning and afternoon, while the medal rounds will be contested simultaneously starting at 5.30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) with the semifinals. The winners bowl for gold and silver and the losers receive bronze.
With 12 of 24 game in the books, Wu Hao-Ming (right) leads the 213 men in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team preliminaries) with 2658 total and an average of 221.50.
Tommy Jones is just three pins behind in second place with 2655, with two-time PBA champion Thomas Larsen of Denmark in third place with 2613. Takuya Miyazawa rocketed from 79th to fourth place with 2586.
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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