15th October, Kuwait: Canada defeated Korea in the Men's title match to deny them a clean sweep of the Team event at the 2023 IBF World Bowling Championships while the Korean women edged Malaysia in the Women's championship match to win the gold medal.
Topseed Canada edged Korea in the first match of the best-of-three final, 224-221 but was forced into the deciding match after losing 207-235 in the second match. The final match was a closely fought tie up to the fourth frame when Canada took a slender lead with a double in the fourth and fifth frames.
The match drew level after a costly single pin miss by the Canadians. Korea struck twice in the eighth and ninth frame to put pressure on their opponent but Canada kept their nerve to end cleanly with a victory over the Koreans, 204-193.
The nearest Canada ever came near to winning the gold was in the 2018 World Men's Championships in Hong Kong in which they took home the Team bronze. The victory is the first-ever gold they have won.
Canada advanced to the final after narrowly beat China, 2-1 (173-225, 226-207, 236-225) in the first semi-final tie. Korea ousted Lithuania, 2-0 (246-211, 235-211) in the other semi to square off with Canada in the final.
The champion had earlier topped Round 2 finals with 15 points and five wins in the 7-match round-robin matchplay Bakers' format. Korea and Lithuania tied on 12 points to make the cut for the semi-finals. China defeated Colombia, 40-26 in the 9th and 10th frame tie-breaker to advance.
In the women's division, Korean women proved their prowess by narrowly beating arch-rival Malaysia, 2-1 in the Women's Team title match. Korea won the first match, 211-177 but was pegged back when Malaysia bounced back with a 207-169 win to force the decider.
Malaysia had a much better match with a double in the third and fourth frames and another double in the eighth and ninth frames. All Malaysia needed was to end the match cleanly but was extremely unlucky to be dealth with a split in their final frame.
Korea took full advantage of the chance given to them by rolling three consecutive strikes from frame 9 to edge Malaysia, 214-203 and secured the victory and the gold. The champion had dispatched fourht-seed, China, 2-0 (195-185, 199-193) in the first semi-final match to advance to the final.
Malaysia denied third-seed Singapore, 2-1 (187-248, 255-182, 219-191) to book their place in the final. Korea topped the Round 2 finals with six wins and 18 points. Malaysia tied with Singapore on 15 points a piece. China advance with four wins and 12 points to make the cut.
Team gold medallist, Austyn Ducharme of Canada captured the Men's All Events gold medal with 17 points, awarded from his finishings in the Singles (6 pts), Doubles (5 pts), Trios (5 pts) and Team (1 pt).
Doubles gold and Team silver medallist, Kim Dong Hyeon of Korea took the silver medal with 23 points while Singles gold and Doubles bronze medallist, Darren Ong of Singapore earned the bronze medal with 30 points.
Korea emerged as the federation Women and Men champions with the least points earned in the Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team and All-Events. IBF President, Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah and Korean Bowling Federation President, Mr Jeong Suk presented the medals to the Team and All-Events medal winners.
The 15-day World Bowling Championships concluded with Kuwait Bowling Sporting Club hosting a victory banquet at the Holiday Inn Ballroom where the trophies to Korea were presented. A total of 138 men and 72 women from 23 countries participated in this year's event.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.
Korea and Hong Kong, China captures Trios titles
Singapore, Korea shares Doubles glory
Eight pairs advances with maximum points
Philippines, Colombia stands out in Group C
Singapore wins gold and silver medals in Singles
Malaysia bags gold and silver medals in Singles
Additional twelve makes next round
Canadian seals next round spot convincingly
Korean duo makes next round with ease
Hong Kong, China national secures Round 2 spot
Quartet puts up a convincing Round 1 wins to advance
Four men from four different countries advance
Two Korean and two Malaysian cruise into next round
Twenty-three countries set for battle