LAURA BEUTHNER WINS THE FIRST BOWLING GOLD MEDAL OF THE WORLD GAMES 2017

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WROCLAW, July 21st  Laura Beuthner from Germany takes home the gold medal in the Women’s Singles event today for what marked the first of four medal events for bowling at The World Games 2017. 

It was an incredible show of action for the first day of competition with a star studded finals match between USA’s Kelly Kulick and Germany’s Laura Beuthner.  Beuthner was in no doubt top form having led the field since the qualifying rounds and scoring a 287 in the first game of the finals match before again beating Kulick in the second game.  Kulick takes home the silver medal, her second time doing so after her silver medal win at The World Games 2013 in Cali. 

It was Colombian Clara Guerrero who secured the bronze medal against the Ukraine’s Daria Kovalova.  Kovalova was the reigning champion from the event having won the gold medal at The World Games 2013, yet it was not to be in 2017 with Guerrero beating her in two straight games in the bronze medal match.   

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QUALIFIYING ROUND
A total of 32 women athletes from 16 countries began the day’s competition with six games where the highest accumulative pin fall qualified the top 16 athletes to move on in the competition. It was Germany’s Laura Beuthner who shot an extensive lead on the rest of the field with her 1549 points placing her in top position, 63 points ahead of Colombian Rocio Restrepo who finished on 1486. Fellow German competitor, Birgit Poppler scored 3rd highest on 1481 and Polish national and recent PBA title winner Daria Pajak came in a tied fourth with Japan’s Mirai Ishimoto on 1449 points. Unfortunately for Finland, Denmark, China, Great Britain and Chinese Taipei, both of their women athletes were knocked out in the round.

ROUND OF 16
With no points carried over from one, all athletes started a fresh as the top 16 played a best of three games in pairs. It was a controversial round for competition favourites USA and Korea with both countries drawing each other as opponents in the final round before the quarter finals. In the USA vs USA match, it was seasoned champion Kelly Kulick who triumphed two games to one against Danielle McEwan and in the Korea Vs Korea match, Sujin Kang was knocked out after two games with Moonjeong Kim moving on to the quarter finals. Beuthner (GER), Colombia’s Clara Guerrero, Pajak (POL), Poppler (GER) and Daria Kovalova from the Ukraine also qualified.

QUARTER FINALS
Beuthner knocked out Venezuela’s Patricia De Faria with two straight wins, Guerrero defeating Pajak also in two straight wins, Kulick won against Poppler with two games to one and Kovalova defeated Kim two games to one.

SEMI FINALS
The semi-finals saw The World Games 2013 Gold Medal Winner Daria Kovalova face The World Games 2013 Silver Medal Winner Kelly Kulick. It was Kulick’s turn for triumph this time round beating Kovalova 2-0.

In the second match Guerrero faced Beuthner in a tight contest between the strong bowlers. With each bowler winning one game in the beginning, it was Beuthner who eventually came out on top beating Guerrero in the last game.

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Kulick will face Beuthner for the Gold medal and Guerrero will play Kovalova in the Bronze medal match.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Com¬mittee. The 10th edition of The World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the Games.

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