Kim Ju-Young defeated Shin Seung-Hyeon in a great all-Korean final to win in Boys Masters

    08/01/10

    2010 WYC

    Kim Yeon-Ju beats Laura Fonnegra in the decider, 268-246, to win Girls Masters title

    2010WYCMastersChampionsKimYeonJuKimJuYoung.jpgKim Yeon-Ju (pictured right), Korea, celebrated a great comeback in the title match of the Girls Masters at the 11th World Youth Championships, defeating Laura Fonnegra, Colombia, three-games-to-two, in best-of-five games format Sunday at Tali Bowl in Helsinki, Finland.

    Korea also won the title in Boys Masters as Kim Ju-Young (left) came back from being down 1-0 to defeat Shin Seung-Hyeon in a great all-Korean final, 3-1.

    Seung-Hyeon, seeded 8th, won the first game, 224-211, and just needed to mark in the 1ßth frame of the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Seung-Hyeon, however, left a huge 6-7-10 split and was unable to convert it handing the game to Ju-Young, 187-194.

    Ju-Young took full advantage and countered Seung-Hyeon's 221 in game #3 with a big 247 to take a 2-1 lead. the fourth game was decided in the final frame. Ju-Young led after six frames thanks to a double and a turkey but Seung-Hyeon struck back with a turkey in frames 7-9 to hold a 3-pin lead heading into the final frame.

    Finishing first Ju-Young threw two clutch strikes and a 0-count to force his teammate to finish with XX7. When Seung-Hyeon's first ball missed the head pin, the match was over. Ju-Young won the game, 245-215, and the match, 3-1, to wrap up the title. Seung-Hyeon had to settle for silver.

    In the girls final, Yeon-Ju, seeded 7th, dropped the first two games after starting with two 180s, while Doubles champion Laura Fonnegra, Colombia, posted 222 and 256, to take a 2-0 lead and just one win away from the title. But the lesson to be learned at the WYC was: Never count a Korean out!

    Tides turned in the third game, when the Singles and Team gold medalist from Korea rebounded with a 234-206 win and carried the momentum into the fourth game to force a decider, 216-200.

    Both players put on a show in the tie-breaker. Fonnegra came out of the gates quickly starting with a four-bagger, while Yeon-Ju sandwiched a strike in the second frame between two single-pin spares. The Korean began to strike in the 4th frame and didn't stop until her fill ball to win her third gold medal of the championships, 268-246.

    2010WYCGirlsMastersTop4.jpgFonnegra spared two single pins in the 5th and 6th frame followed by a double to trail Yeon-Ju by mere three pins. An 8-count in the 9th frame sealed Fonnegra's fate. She finished the championships in style firing three consecutive strikes to earn the silver medal.

    Three of the four semifinal matches on Sunday morning went the distance. Fonnegra stunned No. 1 seed, Kim Moon-Jeong, by sweeping the Korean, 3-0, and had to sit and wait another two games until Yeon-Ju, had topped Dutch Carmen Haandrikman in the deciding fifth game, 231-200, for a 3-2 victory. Moon-Jeong and Haandrikman shared the bronze medal.

    The top 4 in Girls Masters: Laura Fonnegra, Colombia (2nd), world youth champion Kim Yeon-Ju , Kim Moon-Jeong (3rd), both Korea, and Carmen Haandrikman, Netherlands (3rd).

    2010WYCBoysMastersTop4.jpgIn the boys' semifinals, Ju-Young defeated another teammate, No. 2 Park Jong-Woo, 3-2, to set up an All-Korean boys title match against Seung-Hyeon, who had hard work to do to eliminate Daniels Vezis, a two-handed lefty from Latvia, 3-2. Jong-Woo and Vezis shared the bronze medal.

    The top 4 in Boys Masters: Shin Seung-Hyeon (2nd), world youth champion Kim Ju-Young, Park Jong-Woo (3rd), all from Korea, and Daniels Vezis, Latvia (3rd).

    Korea dominated the medal hunt at the 11th World Youth Championships in Helsinki, Finland, by winning 6 gold medals, 2 silver and 5 bronze, and was the sole country that has medaled in all ten disciplines The Korean girls (4 gold and 2 bronze) and boys (2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze) also led their respective divisions.

    107 girls and 146 boys from 46 countries competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Team, All Events and Masters. Two bronze medals were given in each event except in All Events.

    The Korean youth and adult bowlers have led the medal tally of all but one major international championship in the past years. The Korean youth bowlers led the medal tally in the 10th World Youth Championships in Orlando, Fla. (3 gold, 1 bronze) as well as in the 15th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships in Kuwait in February 2010 (3 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze)

    The Korean men and women were the No. 1 country at the 2008 Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Hong Kong, China, winning a total of 6 gold medals, 5 silver and 4 bronze.

    The Korean women also topped the medal tally at the 2009 Women's World Championships in Las Vegas, with 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gifThe Korean men finished second to Team USA at the 2008 Men's World Championship in Nonthaburi, Thailand, with 2 gold and 1 silver. The Koreans will get their chance for revenge later this month in the 3rd Men's World Championships 2010 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany, from Aug. 11-22.

    Bowlingdigital will be providing live coverage and live video streaming sponsored by Kegel.

    The 11th World Youth Championships concluded Sunday afternoon with the Masters medal presentation and closing ceremony.

    The 2010 World Youth Champions are:
    Girls Singles - Kim Yeon-Ju, Korea
    Boys Singles - Adam Cairns, England
    Girls Doubles - Colombia (Laura Fonnegra & Maria Jose Rodriguez)
    Boys Doubles - United States (Craig Hanson & Andrew Koff)
    Girls All Events - Kim Moon-Jeong, Korea
    Boys All Events - Andrew Koff, United States
    Girls Team: Korea (Park Jong-Woo, Kim Ju-Young, Shin Seung-Hyeon, Hong Hae-Sol)
    Boys Team: Korea (Park Jong-Woo, Kim Ju-Young, Shin Seung-Hyeon, Hong Hae-Sol)
    Girls Masters: Kim Yeon-Ju , Korea
    Boys Masters: Kim Ju-Young, Korea

     


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