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24th Malta Open Championships
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2015 Women’s World Championships masters champion Jung Dawun and Kim Moonjeong (right, l-r) fired games of 222 and 232, respectively, to beat top-seeded Sin Li Jane and Shalin Zulkifli (left, r-l) on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern, 454-397.
The mission title defense ended for the teams from the host country in the semi-finals. At the last World Bowling Championships for men and women (2013 at Sunset Station in Las Vegas), Shannon O’Keefe and Stefanie Johnson won gold and Kelly Kulick and Missy Parkin took silver.
Defending champion O’Keefe, who owns gold medals in singles, doubles, trios, team and all-events at world championships and partner Josie Barnes, seeded fourth, fell to the Malaysians in a low-scoring semi-final match, 363-334. Johnson teamed with Shannon Pluhowsky this year finishing the preliminaries in 53rd place.
Pictured right, from left: O’Keefe, Barnes, Kulick and McEwan.
Kulick and Danielle McEwan earned the no. 2 seed but lost in the other semi-final match that was decided in the last frame against the Koreans, 427-414.
The Malaysians earned the silver medal and the four team USA members got bronze.
Women and men will return on Wednesday for the first block of the trios event. The 213 men and 176 women will be split into three squads starting at 9 a.m., 12.50 and 16.30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).
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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Gold: Korea (Jung Dawun / Kim Moonjeong), 881 (2 games)
Silver: Malaysia (Sin Li Jane / Shalin Zulkifli), 760 (2 games)
Bronze: United States (Danielle McEwan / Kelly Kulick), 414 (1 game)
Bronze: United States (Josie Barnes / Shannon O’Keefe), 334 (1 game)
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Sin (204) / Zulkifli (159) def. No. 4 Barnes (152) / O’Keefe (182), 363-334
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Jung (221) / Kim (206) def. No. 2 McEwan (212) / Kulick (202), 427-414
Championship Match: Jung (222) / Kim (232) def. Sin (207) / Zulkifli (190), 454-397.
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