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The Masters Medalists at the 2015 Women’s World Championships:
L-R Liz Johnson, USA (2nd); gold medalist Jung Dawun, Korea; Danielle McEwan, USA, and Jeon Eunhee, Korea (both 3rd), with Mohd Khalifa Al-Qubaisi, President of the Emirates Bowling Federation.
Johnson, who averaged 252 in match play to easily take the No. 1 seed for the medal, rolled just three strikes in the title match to fall behind early. Dawun started with a double and reeled off six consecutive strikes from the fifth frame to put the match away well before the final frame, 256-183.
Johnson, who posted the third 300 game of this Championships in the title match of the Team event to help Team USA win the gold medal, dominated the Masters competition and became the first woman in history of the World Championships to roll multiple 300 games in the same event when she started the seven-game match play round with another perfect game.
As Dawun and her team mate, singles champion Jeon Eunhee (left photo on the right) overtook Johnson’s team mate Danielle McEwan (right) in the last game of match play, it was USA vs. USA and Korea vs. Korea in the semifinals.
In a low-scoring affair, Dawun and Eunhee both rolled clean game, and the only double by Dawun in the third and fourth frame made the difference. Dawun advanced to the gold medal match with a 208-193 win.
McEwan, who rolled the fifth 300 game of the Championship and the 16th in history in game three of the match play round. She started with a four-bagger to take a 20 pin lead as Johnson came out of the gates with strike-spare-double.
Both player went spare-strike in the next two frames and Johnson added three more strike while McEwan was unable to strike until the fill ball. John advance to the title match with 238-213.
Johnson received the silver medal and Eunhee and McEwan shared bronze. In defeating Johnson in the gold medal match, Korea led the medal tally (scroll down) after six events with 3 gold, two silver and three bronze. USA was second with two medals of each color, and Singapore third with 1-2-3. Denmark, England and Germany each took home one bronze medal.
147 players from 30 countries competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the seven-day competition.
In accordance with the WTBA Playing Rules, the 2015 Women’s World Championships were contested on two lane conditioning pattern, the 36 ft. Los Angeles pattern and the 43 ft. Tokyo pattern.
Bowlingdigital.com provided onsite coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Championships from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi including reports, photos and results, while bowling fans around the world were able to watch all qualifying rounds, semifinals and finals live on BowlTV.
The Championships ended on sad note as it was the very TV show for USBC Communication manager Lucas Wiseman, who will be leaving the USBC Headquarters in Arlington, Texas, to pursue other opportunities in Indianapolis.
Liz Johnson shoots another 300 game on her way to the top seed in the Masters finals
Liz Johnson leads top 8 players into Masters Match Play
Team USA defeats Korea to win the coveted five-player team gold medal
Korea closes Team preliminaries with big numbers to capture No. 1 seed for the Medal Round
Germany takes the first round lead in the Team event
United States defend Doubles title at Women’s World Championships
USA’s McEwan, Kulick earn the No. 1 seed for the Doubles Medal Round
USA’s McEwan, Kulick average almost 237 to lead Doubles Qualifying after Squad 1
Golden Wednesday for Korea; follow the gold medal in Singles with victory in Trios
Jeon Eunhee starts 2015 Women’s World Championships with victory in Singles
Korea claims the No. 1 seed for the medal round in the WWC Trios event
USA set the pace in Trios at Women’s World Championships
Korea takes the pole position as the Trios preliminaries reach the halfway point
Sweden takes the early lead in Trios after the first block on short oil
Korea’s Jeon Eunhee earns the No. 1 seed for Wednesday’s Singles finals
Korean bowlers dominate Singles Squad 1 at Women’s World Championships
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Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE (December 13, 2015)
1. Jung Dawun, Korea, 464 (2 games)
2. Liz Johnson, United States, 421 (2 games)
3. Jeon Eunhee, Korea, 193 (1 game) and
Danielle McEwan, United States, 213 (1 game)
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Johnson def. No. 4 McEwan, 238-213
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Dawun def. No. 2 Eunhee, 208-193
Championship: Dawun def. Johnson, 256-183.
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