Long-time Japan national team members Shusaku Asato, Shogo Wada and Daisuke Yoshida averaged over 224 in the second squad to move to the top of the leaderboard in men’s trios as 45 of the 69 teams have completed the first three-game block at the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women in Las Vegas.
The Japanese three-some (pictured right, l-r) improved every game, posting scores of 603, 671 and 744 on the Beijing 39 oil pattern for a 2018 total. Asato led the team with 687, including a 279 last game; Wada was close behind with 683 and Yoshida added 648, to overtake squad 1 leader by 61 pins.
World champions Cho Youngseon, Kim Kyungmin and Kang Heewon (left, l-r) slipped to second place with 1957.
Also falling one spot were Sweden’s Markus Jansson, Pontus Andersson and Jesper Svensson (right, l-r) who dropped from second to third place with 1946.
Timo Schröder, Andreas Gripp and Frank Drevenstedt of Germany were second in squad 2 to round out the top 4 with 1919 and an average of 213.22. Drevenstedt led the way with 672 and was followed by Gripp (668) and Schröder (579).
Team USA’s Chris Via, World Cup champion Jakob Butturff and AJ Johnson slipped out of the top 4 to fifth place with 1908.
Canadians Mitch Hupé, Zachary Wilkins and 2016 U.S. Open winner Francois Lavoie (right, l-r) put together games of 590, 672 and 633 to take over sixth place with 1895.
USA and Germany remained atop the leaderboard as 37 out of 55 women’s trios have completed the first half of the preliminaries. Kelly Kulick, Shannon O’Keefe and Danielle McEwan (left, l-r) held on to the lead with 1910 and an average of 212.22 as a team.
Janine Gabel, Tina Hulsch and Patricia Luoto stayed in second place, just six pins off the lead with 1904.
Leading squad 2 were Siti Safiyah, Natasha Roslan and Syaidatul Afifah (right, l-r) of Malaysia, who were on course to take the lead after starting their three-game set with 655 and 639 but had to settle for third place with 1877 due to a 583 last game.
Afifah led the team with 641, Safiyah had 627 and Roslan contributed 653.
Colombia’s Anggie Ramirez, Juliana Franco and Isabella Correa (left, l-r) were 28 pins behind the Malaysians with 1849 to leap into fourth place.
Denmark’s singles silver medalist Mai Ginge Jensen, Britt Brøndsted and Rikke Holm Agerbo (right, l-r) came out of the gates with a big 674 game, but could not match the pace in the other two games. The Danes sit in fifth place with 1840, just nine pins off the pace for the top 4.
Chinese Taipei spinners Wang Ya-Ting, Tsai Hsin-Yi and Huang Chiung-Yao and Dutch Maxime de Rooij, Nicole Sanders and Ghislaine Stigter-Van der Tol fell three spots to sixth and seventh place with 1827 and 1823, respectively.
The men’s and women’s trios preliminaries at the 2017 World Bowling Championships will be held simultaneously Wednesday and Thursday at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
Men and women were split into three squads to bowl two blocks of three games over two days, both on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern.
The top 4 trios, men and women, with the highest six-game total will advance to the medal round on Sunday, Dec. 3.
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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