2023 IBF World Bowling Championships
Korea and Hong Kong, China capture Trios titles
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14th October, Kuwait: Tony Wong, Ivan Tse and Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong, China captured the Men's Trios gold medal of the 2023 IBF World Bowling Championships while Korea won their second gold medal with victory in the Women's Trios title match.

The topseed edged second-seed, Dan Agerbo Ostergaard, Mik Stampe and Mathias Gronne Ankerdal of Denmark, 211-203 in the opening match of the best-of-3 championship match. But the Danes fought back galantly in the second to win comfortably with 226-182 to force a deciding third match.

Both started off with a strike but Denmark stumbled on a big split in the second frame, which they failed to make the spare. Hong Kong, China added a second strike and then went on a rampage to reel in seven consecutive strikes up to the eight frame.

The Danish trio was playing catch up and with another split in the sixth frame, the match was done and dusted. Denmark put up a glalant show by reeling five strikes-in-a-row and eventually went down 213-265.

Men's Trios champion, Ivan Tse, Wu Siu Hong and Tony Wong

Hong Kong, China's victory was their second time winning the Trios gold medal at a world championship. Eric Tseng, Michael Mak and Wu Siu Hong triumphed at the 2017 World Championships in Las Vegas, USA.

Wong, Tse and Wu reached the final after dispatching fourth-seed, Anrius Gasparavicuis, Osvaldas Noreika and Rimvydas Balzekas of Lithuania, 2-0 (202-157, 224-175) in the first semi-final match. Denamrk eliminated Ondrej Trojek, Zdenek Minar and Jaroslav Lorenc of Czech Republic, 2-0 (279-244, 203-199) in the other semi to face Hong Kong in the final.

The champion had earlier topped Group 1 of the Trios Round 2 with 18 points. There was a four-way tie for second position in the group amongst Lithuania, a second Hong Kong, China trio and two Korean trios in which Lithuania won to progress. Denmark topped Group 2 with 18 points to advance while Czech Republic finished second to join the Danes in the semi-finals. Both Lithuania and Czech Republic went away with the bronze medals.

Meanwhile the Korean women landed their first gold medal with victory in the Women's Trios final. The first Korean trio of Jung Da Wun, Hong Hae Ni and Kim Hye-Min defeated the first Canadian trio of Jade Cote, Karine Bouchard and Brittney Turcotte, 2-0 (234-211, 211-166) to win their second gold medal.

The champion dispatched the second Canadian trio of Samantha How, Jennifer Besana and Merissa Naylor by a similar margin of 2-0 (202-189, 226-174) to advance to the final. Cote, Bouchard and Turcotte had to work harder after levelling at one-all (135-267, 225-216) to force a decider.

The Canadians prevailed to win 194-161 to progress into the final to face the mighty Koreans. Denmar and the second Canadian trio settled for the bronze medal each. Denmark topped the earlier Round 2 with 18 points with Canada 1 finishing second with 13 points to make the semis.

There was a three-way tie in the second group amongst Korea 1, the Malaysian second trio and Canada 2. Korea 1 and Canada 2 advanced with a 9th and 10th frame roll-off 60,30-29). IBF President, Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah presented the medals to the winners and Vice President of Kuwait Bowling presented the bouquets.

Oh Byung Jun-Won Jong Hyeok and Kim Kyung Min-Kim Dong Hyeon sweeping the Men's Doubles silver and gold medals

Compeition will enter its last day with the Team event to be contested in Bakers' format. The women will be divided into two groups of six teams and the men will be divided into four groups of six teams.

The top 4 from each women's group will make the cut for the next round comprising of 8 teams and the top 2 from each men's group will make the cut for the next round comprising of 8 teams. The top 4 from Round 2 will advance to the semi-finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.

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