Team USA’s Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones topped Hong Kong’s Lau Kwun Ho and Eric Tseng in the men’s doubles final at the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women, 420-409, to fill their trophy cases with another gold medal.
It was the seventh gold medal in a World Bowling Championship for Barnes (right), who successful defended his title from the combined world championships in 2013 (at that time with John Szczerbinski), and the third for Jones (left).
The 18-time Professional Bowlers Association champions and past Player and Rookie of the Year, seeded second, started the medal round on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern Tuesday evening at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas with a 415-372 victory over Petteri Salonen and Niko Oksanen of Finland.
In the other semi-final match, Lau and Tseng (left, right to left with coach Nick Bohannan) eliminated top-seeded Takuya Miyazawa and Shota Kouki of Japan, 415-405.
The bowlers from Hong Kong earned the silver medal while the Finns and the Japanese (right, l-r) shared the bronze medal.
Men and women will return on Wednesday for the first block of the trios event. The 213 men and 176 women will be split into three squads starting at 9 a.m., 12.50 and 16.30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).
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 Doubles Finals
Gold: United States (Chris Barnes / Tommy Jones), 835 (2 games)
Silver: Hong Kong (Lau Kwun Ho / Eric Tseng), 824 (2 games)
Bronze: Japan (Takuya Miyazawa / Shota Kouki), 405 (1 game)
Bronze: Finland (Petteri Salonen / Niko Oksanen), 372 (1 game)
Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Lau (211) / Tseng (204) def. No. 1 Miyazawa (216) / Kouki (189), 415-405
Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Barnes (213) / Jones (202) def. No. 3 Salonen (213) / Oksanen (159), 415-372
Championship Match: Barnes (218) / Jones (202) def. Lau (205) / Tseng (204), 420-409.
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