11th October, Kuwait: Eight pairs from three groups won all their five matches to advance into the next round of the Men's Doubles of the 2023 IBF World Bowling Championships with Hong Kong and Malaysia the standout pairs.
Hong Kong's first pair of Keith Mark and Eric Tseng won all their matches to top Group A Pool 1 with 1163 total pinfalls contested yesterday and easily advance into the next round. Malaysia's Muhd Syafiq Ridhwan and Ahmad Muaz was the second pair to score 15 points after topping the second pool.
John Macatula and Merwin Tan led Pool 3, again winning all their five matches for a maximum of 15 points. Korea's first pair of Won Jong Hyeok and Oh Byung Jun totalled the highest five games series of 1251 and 15 points in Pool 4 to cruise into the next round.
Jan Macek and Lukas Jelinek of Czech Republic won all their matches with a total of 1135 and 15 points to top Group B Pool 1 in this morning. Kenzo Umali and Patrick Nuqui of the Philippines maxed out with 15 points after topping Pool 3.
Kim Kyung Min and Kim Dong Hyeon of Korea and Cheang Chi Him and Lee Tak Man of Macau tied on 12 points a piece in Pool 4 to make the cut for the next round. There was a four-way tie in Pool 2 after four pairs scored 9 points each.
Nabeel Abdallah Shahin-Hamzeh Husein of Jordan and Ge Zhenghong-Shang Furong of China both won their 9th and 10th frame roll-offs 49-48 and 38-28 respectively to occupy the top 2 spots of Pool 3 and advanced.
In the final group of the day, a second Czech Republican pair of Zdenek Minar and Ondrej Prekop won their five matches and took maximum points to win Group C Pool 1. Malaysia's Muhd Rafiq Ismail and Tun Hakim led Pool 2 with 15 points with an impressive 1168 pinfalls.
Abdulrahman Alkheliwi and Nawaf Al Tamimi of Saudi Arabia topped Pool 3 with 12 to make the cut while there was a three-way tie-breaker roll-offs for the three pairs that scored 9 points each. Singles gold and silver medallists, Darren Ong and Muhd Jaris Goh won the tie-breaker 60-39-26 against the Lithuanian and Filipino pairs.
The last two pairs to advance to the next round came form Pool 4 where Pak Kyung Rok and Baek Seung Min won four matches and scored 12 points. Darren Alexander and Francois Lavoie of Canada tied with the Koreans to secure their spot in the next round.
The top 2 men from each pool in the four groups make up 24 finalists for Round 2, which will be contested on October 12. The top 4 will advance to the semi-finals and final shootout in a best-of-three matches.
The top 2 men from each pool in the four groups make up 24 finalists for Round 2, which will be contested on October 12. The top 4 will advance to the semi-finals and final shootout in a best-of-three matches.Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.
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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
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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