2nd December, Hong Kong: Third-seed, Adrian Ang and Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim outclassed topseed, Team USA, 433-370 in the Doubles final to win Malaysia's second gold medal of the 2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships.
Ang (196) and Al-Hakim (262) edged second-seed, Singles silver medallist, Dan MacLelland (228) and 2017 World Championships Masters gold medallist, Francois Lavoie (184) of Canada, 458-412 in the second semi-final match to earn a crack at the title.
EJ Tackett (259) and Singles bronze medallist, Andrew Anderson (236) sailed past fourth-seed, Park Jongwoo (188) and Kim Kyungmin (189) of Korea, 495-377 to advance to the final and face the Malaysian pair. Canada and Korea was awarded a bronze medal each.Both title contenders started cautiously marking their opening frames.
Tackett's early split in the second frame put the American pair on their back foot. Whilst the Ang and Al-Hakin continued to mark their next two frames, Anderson stumbled to another split in the third frame to trail further behind.
Anderson bounced back with a double in the fifth and sixth frames but Al-Hakim responded with three-in-a-row. Although Ang suffered a split in the sixth frame, Anderson was unlucky to encounter another costly split in the seventh frame.
When Ang fought back with a three strikes-in-a-row from seventh frame and championship debutant Al-Hukim added a fourth strike, they went on to seal a convincing 433-370 victory and winning the second gold medal for Malaysia.
Team USA settled for the silver medal adding to the two bronze medals won by Kyle Troup and Anderson in yesterday's Singles Semi-finals. Competition will resume with the second block 5-Player Team Squad A tomorrow morning.
The top four from this squad will qualify for the Semi-finals and Final championship round. The Trios Semi-finals and Final will be held after the 5-Player Team event ends. The semi-finals and final were broadcast LIVE by host broadcaster, I-Cable TV and was fed to 16 TV networks in Europe and Asian.
The broadcast was also carried LIVE over Flo Sports and Olympic Channel. The Trios Semi-finals and Final will also be broadcast LIVE tomorrow commencing at 6.30 pm local time after the 5-Player Team event concludes with their second block of three games.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.
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