The Chinese Taipei men and the women from Malaysia got off to a strong start right out of the box at the World Bowling Championships five-player team event as they tallied 3141 and 3117 series, respectively, to spring into the top spot after squad 1 having completed the first of two three-game blocks in the team preliminaries.
Chinese Taipei’s Wu Hao-Ming, Xu Zhe-Jia, Chen Chien-Ju, Hsieh Chin-Liang and Chen Wu-Chi (right) rolled three consistently high games (1050, 1020 and 1071) on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern Friday morning at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, USA, to lead the 18 men’s teams with 3141 total or an average of 209.40.
The spinners from Taiwan were the only team that rolled all three games over 1000 (200 average). Singles silver medalist Wu led the team with 665 and was followed by Xu (643), Wu-Chi 641, Chien-Ju (597) and Hsieh (595).
Canada’s Zachary Wilkins, Travis Cauley, Dan MacLelland, Mitch Hupé and 2016 U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie (left) sandwiched games of 984 and 979 around 1086, the highest game of the squad, to sit in second place with 3049 (203.27).
Germany’s Andreas Gripp, Frank Drevenstedt, Pascal Winternheimer, Oliver Morig and Tobias Börding (right) rebounded from a 953 opening game with 1002 and 1050 to move into third place with 3005 (200.33).
Rounding out the top who will make it to the medal round after all teams have completed the six-game preliminaries is Mexico. Arturo Quintero, Ricardo Lecuona, Fabian Lopez, Marcelo Magrassi Vertti and Humberto Vazquez totaled 2982 (198.80), including games of 1014, 976 and 992.
Malaysia’s Esther Cheah, Syaidatul Afifah, Shalin Zulkifli and Professional Women’s Bowling Association champions Siti Safiyah and b>Sin Li Jane (left) improved every game, posting scores of 986, 1029 and the field-best 1102 to pace the 15 women’s teams with 3117 and an average of 207.80.
Sin was the lone player, men and women, who surpassed the 700-mark totaling 702 pins, an average of 234.00. She was followed by Afifah (653), Safiyah (626), Zulkifli (598) and Cheah (538).
Trailing Malaysia by 105 pins to sit in second place was defending champion USA, winner of the team gold medal at the 2015 Women’s World Championships in the UAE. The winner of the women’s team title at the 2013 combined World Championships was Korea.
Stefanie Johnson, Josie Barnes, Shannon O’Keefe, Danielle McEwan and Kelly Kulick (right) got out of the gates strong with games of 1015 and 1048 but had to settle for second place with 3012 (200.80) behind a 949 closing game.
Sweden’s Ida Andersson, Nina Flack, Cajsa Wegner, Isabelle Hultin and Jenny Wegner (left) sandwiched two games over 1000 (1033 and 1036) around a low game of 916 to sit in third place with 2985 (199.00).
There is a bigger gap between third and fourth place as Indonesia’s Putty Armein, Nadia Pramanik, Aldila Indryati, Sharon Limansantoso and Tannya Roumimper (right) were 62 pins back in fourth place with 2923 (194.87), including high games of 1004 and 1002 and a low game of 917.
The 18 men’s team and 15 women’s teams of squad 2 will complete the first day of the team preliminaries. The top 22 teams in each division after the first block will be seeded in squad B on Saturday afternoon at 2.15 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST), while the other teams will start the second block at 9 am in the morning.
All five-player teams were split into two squads to bowl two blocks of three games over two days on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern.
The top 4 men’s and women’s teams will advance to the medal round in Baker format, which will be held on Sunday afternoon right after the trios finals.
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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