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.
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 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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2017 World Bowling Championships Preview
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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