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Korea’s Choi Bokeum and Park Jongwoo claim gold in Doubles


2014MWCDoublesGoldChoiBokeumParkJongwoo.jpg2014MWCDoublesSilverShusakuAsatoDaisukeYoshida.jpgKoreans Choi Bokeum and Park Jongwoo defeated Daisuke Yoshida and Shusaku Asato of Japan in an exciting title match that went down to the last frame, 410-396, to claim the gold medal in Doubles at the Men’s World Championships Tuesday afternoon at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

It was the second time since the Singles event on Sunday that the No. 4 seed won the title.

2014MWCDoublesChoiBokeum.jpg2014MWCDoublesParkJongwoo.jpgIt was the third career gold medal for Bokeum (left), one of the best left-handed bowlers in the world, who has also won four silver and two bronze medals at World Championships since 2006.

Action photos courtesy of Gilles Vandevoorde photography.

For Jongwoo (right) it was the first gold medal at World Championships. The right-handed player, who threw a clutch strike in the 10th frame for double that sealed the victory, was the best bowler in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, winning three gold medals including the team event (with Bokeum) and in All-Events and Masters.

2014MWCDoublesBronzeKangHeewonShinSeunghyeon.jpg2014MWCDoublesBronzeJoonasJehkinenPasiUotilaKimmoLehtonen.jpgAsato, who was on the Japanese team that won gold in Trios at the Asian Games, and team mate Yoshida earned the silver medal. In the opening semi-final match of the medal round, second-seeded Asato (205) and Yoshida (242) bowled clean games to defeat the other Korean duo, third-seeded Shin Seunghyeon (212) and Kang Heewon (167), 447-379 (left, r-l).

2014MWCDoublesKimmoLehtonen.jpgIn the other semi-final match, Bokeum and Jongwoo had some hard work to do before they defeated the top-seeded all-lefty duo, Kimmo Lehtonen (right) and Joonas Jehkinen (right, r-l, with coach Pasi Uotila in the center) in a super-class match, 490-466.

 Action photos courtesy of Gilles Vandevoorde photography.

The match that could have gone either way, was decided by the anchor bowlers. Bokeum finished with 255 and Lehtonen, who won the silver medal in Doubles at the 1999 World Championships here at Khalifa International bowling center, had 225.

The medalists in Doubles. Click image to enlarge.

2014MWCDoublesJoonasJehkinen.jpgWorking on three strikes, Jehkinen was targeting to strike out for 256, which would have forced Jongwoo to throw a double in his 10th frame for the win and strike-9-spare for a tie. Jehkinen (left) got the first strike but left the 2-4-7-10 combination on the next shot, which sealed their fate.

Lehtonen & Jehkinen and Seunghyeon & Heewon shared the bronze medal.

Competition continues with Trios Wednesday at 9 a.m. Gulf Standard Time (GST). The 272 competitors, representing 49 countries, will bowl six games over two days, three games on long oil (Tokyo) and three games on medium oil (Atlanta). After the preliminaries, the field will be cut to the top four for the medal round, which will take place Thursday evening.

2014MWCLogo2.jpg2014WorldBowlingLogo.jpgThe 2014 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men’s World Championships will be held from December 4-15 at 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 272 players from 49 countries participate in the event.

The Championships, hosted by World Bowling Tenpin, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City, is open to all WTBA Member Federations who are currently paid up members of World Bowling and their respective zone (PABCON, ETBF, and ABF).

Maximum six men per country compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 9-day competition (Dec. 6-14).

BowlingdigitalBanner.gifBowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi including reports, photos and results starting with the Singles event all the way through to the Masters finals on Sunday, Dec. 14.

2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress provides live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. Live Scoring can be found on the official Website and on the website of World Bowling

2014MWCAtlanta38.jpg2014MWCTokyo43.jpgIn accordance with the World Bowling Tenpin Playing Rules, the 2014 Men’s World Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern, the 38 ft. Atlanta pattern and the 43 ft. Tokyo pattern, a medium and a long pattern from the World Bowling bank of patterns.

The Championships are the fourth World Championships for men only since the world’s governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling has decided at the WTBA congress in the year 2003 to split the men’s and women’s events .

The 2006 MWC took place in Busan, Korea (on 33 ft. Sydney and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern), and was followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 (on 34 ft. Stockholm and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern) and Munich, Germany in 2010 (38 ft. Atlanta and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern).

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2014 Men’s World Championships – Men’s Doubles Finals

Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE (December 9, 2014)

Championship Round:
1. Korea (Choi Bokeum, Park Jongwoo), 900 (2 games)
2. Japan (Daisuke Yoshida, Shusaku Asato), 843 (2 games)
3. Finland (Kimmo Lehtonen, Joonas Jehkinen), 466 (1 game)
Korea (Shin Seunghyeon, Kang Heewon), 379 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 2 Yoshida (242)/Asato (205) def. No. 3 Seunghyeon (212)/Heewon (167), 447-379
Semifinal Match 2: No. 4 Bokeum (255)/Jongwoo (235) def. No. 1 Lehtonen (225)/Jehkinen 241), 490-466
Championship Match: Bokeum (184)/Jongwoo (226) def. Yoshida (191)/Asato (205), 410-396.

Doubles Preliminaries – Final Standings after Squad 4

Top 4 advance to the playoffs.

Herbert Bickel

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