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Japanese men and U.S. women earn no. 1 seeds for Sunday’s Trios Finals


Japan and the United States won the trios preliminaries at the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women to earn the no. 1 seeds for the medals rounds which will be held Sunday morning at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

Joining Japan in the men’s finals will be Hong Kong, Finland and Chinese Taipei, while the USA, Germany, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia will determine the women’s champion.

Team USA’s Kelly Kulick, Danielle McEwan and Shannon O’Keefe (right, l-r), who were second to Indonesia after the first block of three games with 1910, added another 1910 series in the second block, both on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern, to lead the 56 women’s trios with 3820 total and an average of 212.22.

Janine Gabel, Patricia Luoto and Tina Hulsch (left, l-r) of Germany, who bowled with the Americans in squad 1, were 35 pins back to take second place with 3785 (210.28).

The Germans, who had blocks of 1904 and 1881, will meet third-seeded Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals. Pan Yu-Fen, Su Shu-Wen and Chou Chia-Chen (right,l-r), who are all using the spinner or helicopter style to knock down the pins, took the lead in squad 3 earlier this afternoon but finished in third place with 3721 (206.72).

Overnight leaders Sharon Limansantoso, Tannya Roumimper and Putty Armein (left, l-r) followed their 1963 first block with 1741 and slipped three spots but secured fourth place with 3704 (205.78), just 29 pins ahead of squad 2 leaders Britt Brøndsted, Rikke Holm Agerbo and Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark, who totaled 3675 on Thursday morning.

As the no. 4 seed, the Indonesians will face qualifying leader USA in the other semi-final match. The winners will bowl for gold and silver and the losers both get bronze medals.

The Japanese men, Shusaku Asato, Shogo Wada and Daisuke Yoshida (right, l-r), led the 69 men’s trios after three games with 2018 and never looked back. They closed squad 2 with big 692 effort for 1850 to earn the no. 1 seed with 3868 and an average of 214.89.

Asian standouts Wu Siu Hong, Eric Tseng and Michael Mak (left, l-r) of Hong Kong toppled 1930 pins in squad 3 today to leap from 11th to second place in the overall standings with 3808 (211.56).

The last two spots in the finals were decided in the last frame of the last squad (#1).

Starting the day in 19th place with 1826, long-time Finnish national team members Petteri Salonen (l.) and Joonas Jähi (r.), joined by two-time defending European Youth all-events champion Niko Oksanen (c.), improved every game, posting scores of 616, 657 and 685 for 1958 to jump into third place with 3784 (210.22).

Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wu-Chi, Xu Zhe-Jia and singles silver medalist Wu Hao-Ming, who were in 15th place after the first block, climbed the ladder with games of 659 and 653.

The spinners had no room for mistakes in the last two frames to secure fourth place. All players doubled in the 9th and 10th or in the 10th frame for 598 to beat out Mitch Hupé, Zachary Wilkins and Francois Lavoie of Canada for fourth place by eight pins, 3757 to 3749.

For the records, Puerto Ricos’s Andro Simounet, Cristian Azcona and Israel Hernandez, bronze medalist in singles, posted the highest 1960 series today to rocket from 34th into a tie for 9th place.

With three of four disciplines or 18 of 24 games in the books, Wu Hao-Ming (right) leads the 213-player men’s field in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team preliminaries) with 3930 and an average of 218.33 to widen his lead to 84 pins.

AJ Johnson, United States, sits in second place with 3844 and is followed by Petteri Salonen in third place with 3836.

On the women’s side, Danielle McEwan (left) used a 689 series today to move into the lead of the 176-player women’s field with 3817 total and an average of 212.06.

Kim Moonjeong of Korea leaped into second place with 3792, while 2011 all-events champion Mai Ginge Jensen slipped from first to third place with 3781.

Men and women will return on Friday for the first block of three games in the prestigious five-player team event. The second block will conclude the preliminaries on Saturday. The top 4 teams will advance to the Baker-style medal round, 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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Herbert Bickel

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