The Korean men and the USA women took the early lead in the trios events at the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women in Las Vegas as 24 men’s trios and 19 women’s trios of squad 1 have completed the first of two three-game blocks at South Point Bowling Plaza.
World champions Cho Youngseon (2013 masters), Kim Kyungmin (2015 team) and Kang Heewon (2015 masters), rolled games of 672, 662 and 623 to set the pace in the men’s division with 1957 and an average of 217.44. L-R Cho, Kim and Kang.
Former world youth champions Markus Jansson, Pontus Andersson and Jesper Svensson (left, l-r), a six-time PBA champion, were eleven pins behind in second place with 1946.
Third place belonged to Team USA’s Chris Via, Jakob Butturff and AJ Johnson with 1908, followed by Venezuela’s Rogelio Felice, Luis Eduardo Rovaina and Ildemaro Ruiz in fourth place with 1892, including a high game of 713, the lone game over 700.
On the women’s side, Team USA’s Kelly Kulick, Shannon O’Keefe and Danielle McEwan (right, l-r) averaged 212.22 as a team to take the early lead with 1910 pinfall total. The Americans had games of 616, 684 and 610.
Germany’s Janine Gabel, Tina Hulsch and Patricia Luoto were just six pins behind in second place with 1904. Trailing the Germans by 77 pins to sit in third place were the spinners from Chinese Taipei, Wang Ya-Ting, Tsai Hsin-Yi and Huang Chiung-Yao with 1827.
Rounding out the top 4 were Maxime de Rooij, Nicole Sanders and Ghislaine Stigter-Van der Tol with 1823, including 730 pins by Sanders, the highest individual series, men and women, in squad 1.
Close behind the Dutch were Marjo Hirvonen, Sanna Pasanen and Eliisa Hiltunen (left, l-r) of Finland, who checked in with 1814.
Further six pins back were Japan’s Shion Izumune, singles gold medalists Futaba Imai and Misaki Mukotani in sixth place with 1808.
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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