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Team USA wins another gold medal in Trios in Hong Kong, China


Team USA came from behind to win the Trios event in the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships and its second gold medal within five hours at SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China, Monday night.

EJ Tackett, who won the first gold medal for USA in All-Events earlier this afternoon, teamed with Kyle Troup and All-Events silver medalist Andrew Anderson (right, l-r) to defeat Hardy Rachmadian, Ryan Lalisang and Billy Islam of Indonesia (left, l-r) in the gold medal match, 632-551.

The Indonesians received the silver medal, the first medal ever for Indonesia in the history of tenpin bowling World Championships. The women’s team has earned two bronze medals in the 2017 World Championships in Las Vegas in Trios and Masters.

In the opening semi-final match the three Americans, who qualified in the fourth and last place for the medal round, took down top seeded South Korea with Park Jongwoo, Koo Seonghoi and Kim Kyungmin (right, r-l) , 695-654. Troup (243) and Tackett (245) paved the way to victory with 88 over.

In the other semi-final match, second seeded Indonesia held off Martin Larsen, Mattias Wetterberg and Jesper Svensson of Sweden (left, l-r), 632-591.

Korea and Sweden both received bronze. Sweden’s medal marked the first medal for Europe in four events.

The medal round of the team event featuring USA, Canada, Italy and Singapore will be contested in best-of-three games Baker format Tuesday night, and the Championships will end with match play Masters Wednesday.

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 are being 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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2018 World Men Championships – Men’s Trios Medal Round

SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China (December 3, 2018)

Championship Round:
Gold: USA (EJ Tackett / Kyle Troup / Andrew Anderson)
Silver: Indonesia (Billy Islam / Hardy Rachmadian / Ryan Lalisang)
Bronze: Korea (Park Jongwoo / Koo Seonghoi / Kim Kyungmin)
Bronze: Sweden (Mattias Wetterberg / Jesper Svensson / Martin Larsen)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1:
No. 4 Troup (243) / Tackett (245) / Anderson (207) def.
No. 1 Kim (243) / Koo (212) / Park (199), 695-654
Semifinal Match 2:
No. 2 Islam (181) / Rachmadian (216) / Lalisang (235) def.
No. 3 Wetterberg (202) / Svensson (195) / Larsen (194), 632-591
Championship Match:
Troup (229) / Tackett (223) / Anderson (180) def.
No. 2 Islam (183) / Rachmadian (179) / Lalisang (189), 632-551.

Herbert Bickel

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