Mirai Ishimoto, Jesper Svensson earn the No. 1 seed for the Girls and Boys Masters Finals


    2014 WYC Hong Kong

    Live Streaming in progress


    Mirai Ishimoto (pictured left) of Japan and Jesper Svensson (right) of Sweden earned the No. 1 seed for the Girls and Boys Masters finals in the 13th CGSE World Youth Championships this afternoon at 1 p.m. at the South China Athletic Association bowling center, in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China.

    Ishimoto, who rolled the highest six-game series in Thursday's Masters Round one to move from 10th to fifth place, continued her march to the top in round robin match play on Friday morning as she had the field-best 1458 pinfall, an average of 208.29, and had a 4-2-1 win-loss-tie record (20 pins bonus per win, 10 for a tie) to lead the top four girls into the TV finals with 6486 total.

    2014WYCMasters2DariaKovalova.jpg2014WYCMasters2MaryWells.jpg In the first semifinal match, Ishimoto will meet Daria Kovalova (left) of Ukraine, who battled it out with Junior Team USA's Mary Wells (right), United States, for fourth place. Both players met in the last match with Wells trailing her opponent by 26 pins.

    The U.S. girl posted a big game but Kovalova almost matched the score, losing by mere two pins, 224-222, to finish fourth with 6395, just four pins ahead of Wells, who hat to settle for fifth place with 6391.

    2014WYCMasters2JennyWegner.jpg2014WYCMasters2SamiKonsteriSannaPasanen.jpgIn the second semifinal match, Jenny Wegner (left) of Sweden and Sanna Pasanen (right with coach Sami Konsteri) of Finland will square off. Wegner, who led after the first and after the fifth match, finished just four pins behind Ishimoto with 6413 including the field-best 6-1 match play record.

    Pasanen, who started the day in fourth place, won four of her seven matches and tied against Wells and Ishimoto. Her only loss came in the second-round match against Wegner. She overtook Kovalova by 18 pins to finish in third place with 6413.

    All-Events and Team gold medalist Shion Izumune, Japan, led the field until the fourth game, 28th overall, and then slipped all the way out of the TV finals to sixth place behind games of 163, 171 and 180. The 15-year-old Japanese, who still is eligible to bowl in the next three World Youth Championships (2016, '18, and '20), finished in sixth place with 6304.

    Rounding out the top 8 were 7th Lizabeth Kuhlkin, United States (6199) and 8th Nadia Pramanik, Indonesia (6144).

    2014WYCJesperSvensson2.jpg2014WYCMastersWesleyLow.jpgOn the boys' side, Jesper Svensson, a two-handed lefty from Vimmerby, hometown of 'Pippi Longstocking' (protagonist in the Pippi Longstocking series of children's books by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren), overtook the lead with a 236 opening game and never looked back.

    Svensson averaged 222.14 for the round winning four of his matches and tying one for 7031 total including 90 bonus pins.

    All-Events and Team gold medalist Wesley Low (right), United States, slipped to second place with 6954 including a 2-4-1 W-L-T record, but is still in the hunt for his third gold medal of the Championships.

    2014WYCMastersKamronDoyle.jpg2014WYCMasters2PontusAndersson.jpgThird place went his compatriot Kamron Doyle (left), United States, who was 42 pins behind his team mate with 6912 including 60 bonus pins.

    Rounding out the top 4 was Pontus Andersson (right), Sweden, who stayed well ahead of the rest of the field with 6818 and the field best 4-2-1 match play record. With his fourth place finish, Andersson set up a semifinal clash against teammate Svensson.

    In the opening semifinal match (the order was decided in a draw), the two Americans will determine the other finalist.

    2014WYCMasters2MuhdRafiqIsmail.jpg2014WYCMichaelMak.jpgFinishing in fifth to eighth place were Muhd Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia (6731); Michael Mak (right), Hong Kong (6641), Choi Woo Sub, Korea (6641), and Magnus Johnson, Sweden (6587).

    The top 24 girls and boys in the All-Events standings (combined results in Singles, Doubles and Team qualifying) advanced to the Masters which will conclude the competition of the 13th Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society World Youth Championships in Hong Kong on Thursday and Friday.

    All finalists bowled six games on dual lane condition on Thursday starting at 11 a.m. HK time with the 18-game total from All-Events being carried forward.

    During Masters competition, the left lane is dressed with the 45 feet 'long' Mexico City pattern and the right lane is dressed with the 35 feet 'short' Beijing pattern.

    The top eight girls and boys with the highest 24-game total advanced to the match play round on Friday starting at 9 a.m. After seven games of round robin match play the top 4 in each division with the highest 31-game total including match play bonus (20 pins per win, 10 for a tie) advanced to the medal round to bowl for title Friday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m.

    The victory banquet, slated for 7 p.m. at Panda Grand Ballroom, Panda Hotel, will conclude the 13th World Youth Championships.

    In cooperation with the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) and the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, Bowlingdigital.com will cover the Championships live from Hong Kong.

    2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress is working in cooperation with the host federation, the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress, to provide live streaming on BowlTV.

    This World Youth Championships is made possible by title sponsor, The Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society World, and co-sponsors Chancellor Precious Metals, Fine Metal Asia Limited, Glory Sky and Safe Gold Bullion Limited as well as Watsons Water and Mr. Juicy, the Official Drink Sponsor of the event.



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