2017 World Bowling Championships
Korea, United States captures Doubles gold
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28th November, Las Vegas: Korea's Jung Dawun-Kim Moonjeong and Team USA's Chris Barnes-Tommy Jones captured the Women's and Men's Doubles gold medals at the 2017 World Bowling Championships at South Point Bowling Plaza Tuesday.

Third-seed Jung (222) and Kim (232) defeated top-seed, Sin Li Jane (207) and Shalin Zulkifli (190) of Malaysia, 454-397 in the Women's Doubles final match to win Korea's first gold medal at this year's championships.

The Malaysia pair started off better than the Koreans when Zulkifli rolled three consecutive strikes while Kim had an opened frame in the second. The match was tight but when Kim started her strikefest from frame six, Malaysia just could not respond.

Kim rolled seven consecutive strikes and Jung added four strikes from frame eight. Although Sin had a double in the third and fourth and another double in the eighth and ninth frames, Zulkifli struggled to find her form.

Jung Dawun and Kim Moon jeong with their first gold medals

The champion edged second-seed and Team USA's Danielle McEwan and Kelly Kulick, 427-414 in the semi-final match to advance to the final. Malaysia book their final spot with a victory over a second Team USA pair of Josie Barnes and Shannon O'Keefe, 363-334 in the other semi. Malaysia, who last won the Team bronze medal in the 2015 World Championships in Henderson and drawn blanks in 2015, picked up the silver medal. Team USA settled for two bronze medals.

In the men's division, fourth-seed Lau Kwun Ho (205) and Eric Tseng (204) of Hong Kong had a chance to bring glory to Asia after the Korean women but narrowly lost to Team USA's Chris Barnes (218) and Tommy Jones (204) in the final to win the silver and their second medal at the championships.

The Hong Kong pair upset topseed, Takuya Miyazawa and Shota Kouki of Japan, 415-405 in the first semi-final to advance to the final while Barnes and Jones, who have combined in 25 appearances for Team USA but had not partnered each other before, ousted third-seed Petteri Salonen and Niko Oksanen of Finland, 415-372 in the other semi.

Uunited States, who had failed to win a single gold medal at the 2014 Men's World Championships after winning 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at the 2013 World Championships in Henderson, are back on track for more successes with three more events to come.

Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes winning the Men's Doubles gold medal

Barnes, who won the Doubles gold with John Szcerbinski, the All Events gold, two silver medals in the Team and Masters and a bronze medal in the Trios in 2013, added yet another gold to his collection. Japan and Finland took home a bronze medal each.

Competition now shift to the Trios event for the men and women divisions, split into three squads. They will bowl the first block of three games tomorrow, November 29 and the second block of three games on November 30. The top 4 men and top 4 women Trios will advance to the Semi-finals shootout on December 3.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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