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South Korea moves into fifth place as WMC Trios event reaches halfway point

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There were in the top 4 in Trios at the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships as the preliminaries have reached the halfway point at SCAA bowling center in Hong Kong, China, Thursday evening.

Squad 2 leaders Martin Larsen, Mattias Wetterberg and Jesper Svensson (right, l-r) of Sweden held on to the lead after the first of two three-game blocks with 2029 pins and an average of 225.44 as a team,

Featured photo, from left, Squad 3 leader Korea with Park Jongwoo, Koo Seonghoi and Kim Kyungmin.

Ryan Lalisang, Billy Islam and Hardy Rachmadian (left, l-R) of Indonesia, who led the opening squad on Thursday morning stayed in second place with 2001.

Jord van Weeren, 2017 World Champion in Singles, Xander van Mazijk, and Johnny Spil (right, l-r) of the Netherlands were second in Squad 2 with 1997 to finish the first day of the Trios preliminaries just four pins behind the Indonesians in third place,

Rounding out the top 4, who would qualify for the medal round, were EJ Tackett, ndrew Anderson and Kyle Troup (left, l-r) of the United States of America who were second in the opening squad with 1984.

After a disastrous start into the trios event for the highly decorated South Koreans, whose first trio finished 29th among the 30 trios of Squad 1 with 1583 (175.89 average), Park Jongwoo, Koo Seonghoi and Kim Kyungmin (right, r-l) started with 679 to lead the 28 countries in Squad 3 by 52 and more pins.

Denmark with 2014 World Champions in Trios (l-r) Carsten Warming Hansen and Thomas Larsen, who teamed with seven-time European champion Jesper Agerbo (left, r-l; including one title in each discipline and a second title in Trios), was in second place with 627.

Du Jianchao, Wang Hongbo and Mi Zhongli of China managed 623 to sit in third place.

Jonaykel Conejo, Alejandro Naranjo and Rodolfo Madriz of Costa Rica were fourth with 619, with Asian Games Trios champion Japan with Shusaku Asato, Tomoyuki Sasaki and Shogo Wada (right, l-r) mere two pins behind at 617, with Finland (616) and Scotland (602) close behind.

The Koreans added 658 in the second game for 1337 total to widen the lead to 111 pins. Mark McQueen, Steven Gill, who was the best European in Singles, finishing sixth, and Kenny Jamieson (left, l-r) of Scotland were distant second with 1226,

Jo-Mar Jumapao, Kenneth Chua and Merwin Tan of the Philippines moved into third place with 1214 and Basil Ng, Joel Tan and Jonovan Neo of Singapore (right) overtook Japan by one pin to take fourth place with 1214,

Denmark (571), China (524) and Costa Rica (574) fell behind due to subpar games,

Struggling in the first half of the third game, Jongwoo, Seonghoi and Kyungmin rebounded to finish with 634 and 1971 total to miss the top 4 by only 13 pins,

Finishing on the same lane pair with the Koreans, the Asian Games Trios champions from Japan tied their long-time rivals at 634 to finish second in Squad 3 and 16th overall with 1839 (204.33),

The Scotsmen, who had 613 in the last game, tied Japan in this squad at 1839, good for third place in the squad and 17th overall. Denmark was 9 pins behind Japan and Scotland with 1830 to sit in fourth place in the squad and 19th overall as the preliminaries have reached the halfway point,

5th place Singapore was the only other team which averaged over 200, sitting in 21st place out of 86 trios with 1822.

The 10th place trio from Canada (Dan MacLelland, Francois Lavoie and Mitch Hupé, r-l) after the first block is less than 100 pins away from fourth place, making Friday’s second block before the cut to the top four promising to be an extra exciting round.

The 265-player field was split into three squads for the Trios preliminaries which will take place Thursday (first block of three games) and Friday (second block), Nov. 29 and 30, starting at 9.00, 12.45 and 16.30 Hong Kong Time. The top 4 trios will advance to the medal round on Monday, Dec. 3.

With 15 out of 24 games completed, Andrew Anderson (right), United States, continued to lead in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team preliminaries) with 3421 total and an average of 228.07. His team mate and fellow PBA Player of the Year, EJ Tackett leaped from fourth to second place with 3385 (225.67),

Dan MacLelland (left), Canada, is just one pin behind Tackett in third place with 3384 (225.60). Kyle Troup, USA, is just two pins off the pace for the medals in fourth place with 3382 (225.47),

There is a bigger gap between fourth and fifth place. Rafiq Ismail (right) is the best Asian bowler in fifth with 3284 (218.93), followed by Pontus Andersson of Sweden, who is the best European bowler in 6th place with 3247 (216.47).

The 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships will be held from Nov. 23 to Dec. 5 at 40-lane South China Athletic Association (SCAA) bowling center in Hong Kong, China. The Championships will be hosted by World Bowling, bowling’s world governing body, and the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress.

265 players from 47 countries, maximum six men per country, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 11-day competition (Nov. 25-Dec. 5).

The Championships is contested on the 38-foot Los Angeles pattern from the current World Bowling library of lane conditioning patterns.

Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 2018 World Men Championships featuring reports, results and photos commencing with the 2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference “Youth Development and Coaching” at the Hong Kong Sports Institute Nov. 20-21, followed by the Opening Ceremonies (Nov. 24), the preliminaries in Singles, Doubles, Trios (Nov. 24-30), the Team preliminaries (Dec. 1-4), during which the Singles and Doubles Finals will be contested, followed by the Trios and Team Finals, all the way through to the Masters finals (Dec. 4-5).

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