MEN’S DOUBLES ON THE FOURTH AND FINAL DAY FOR BOWLING AT THE WORLD GAMES 2017
In the bronze medal match, Michael Mak and Siu Hong Wu of Hong Kong beat Mexico’s Ricardo Lecuona Arturo Quintero in a match which saw Hong Kong take 1003 to Mexico’s 948. Hong who was a silver medal winner in the singles event at The World Games in 2009 said of this win “It is very impressive for me to win the doubles medal with my teammate Michael, doubles is so different from the singles competition as you need to follow the plan and keep up shot by shot. I am very happy.”
With 16 strong teams starting the day, it is anybody’s game down here at the Sky Tower bowling center for the fourth and final day of The World Games 2017 bowling competition. Teams began the qualifying rounds in a four pool match system divided by the top seeds from the last World Championships. Each country played one on one matches of two games with the other three teams in their pool. Points were awarded for a win or a draw with the top point scorers moving on to the quarter finals. Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Singapore, Venezuela, Hong Kong, USA and Colombia made it through. Knocked out were host nation Poland, Korea, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Chinese Taipei.
MATCH 1 HIGHLIGHTS
Pool A saw easy wins for Canada over Mexico and Korea over host nation Poland.
In pool B Denmark took a triumphant win over Italy with a high score of 1062 pins to Italy’s 869.
Pool C saw narrow wins of Venezuela over Finland and Hong Kong over the Netherlands.
A very close match between strong teams Germany and Colombia took place in pool D with Colombia eventually proving their win by just 5 points on 950 to Germany’s 945.
MATCH 2 HIGHLIGHTS
In pool A it was another easy win for Canada over Poland but in surprising results, Mexico beat Korea 965 to 937.
Pool B saw Italy beat Japan and Singapore defeated Denmark on very high score of 1015 to Denmark’s 918.
Pool C saw close matches between Hong Kong and Venezuela and The Netherlands versus Finland with Venezuela and The Netherlands coming out on top.
In pool D USA and Colombia beat Germany and Chinese Taipei respectively, automatically qualifying both teams for the quarter finals after winning both of their first two matches.
MATCH 3 HIGHLIGHTS
In pool A Canada’s winning streak ended, after losing to Korea by just one pin in the first game, Korea again won the second game by a narrow 39 pins taking the overall match score to Korea – 934 Canada – 894. Mexico had just a two point win to Poland finishing on a score of 906 to Poland’s 904. This meant that Korea, Canada and Mexico all finished the qualifying rounds on 4 points and hade to go through to a tiebreaker series where Mexico and Canada secured their places in the semi finals knocking out Korea.
In pool B Denmark beat Japan and Singapore beat Italy.
In pool C Hong Kong had a narrow win over Finland and Venezuela comfortably beat the NetherlandsIn pool D USA beat Colombia 974 – 824 and Germany won against Chinese Taipei.
The quarter finals saw an interesting turn of events as top teams USA, Singapore, Denmark and Colombia were knocked out leaving Mexico to meet Venezuela and Hong Kong to meet Canada in the semifinals.
It was a close match between the Venezuelan and Mexican teams with Venezuela beating Mexico by 79 points across the two games. The end score was 941 – 862 leaving Venezuela to fight for the gold medal round and Mexico to go through to the bronze medal match.
The Hong Kong versus Canada match saw some very high scores across both games with Canada eventually beating Hong Kong with 1059 – 911. Canada will now advance to the gold medal match with Venezuela and Hong Kong will play Mexico for the bronze.