2017 World Bowling Championships
Taiwanese makes semi-finals with perfect game
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26th November, Las Vegas: 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Team gold medallist, Wu Hao-Ming shot the tournament's first perfect game en-route to winning the Men's Singles Squad 2 of the 2017 World Bowling Championships and making the semi-finals.

Wu, bowling on lanes 11 and 12, rolled 12 consecutive strikes to become the first player to acheive the perfect 300 in his opening game to lead the second squad. Iceland's Hafthor Hardarson was the second higest scorer with 256 and trailed Wu by 44 pins.

Although the 33-year-old Wu added a splendid game of 227, his lead was reduced slightly to 42 pins ahead of Colombia's Jaime Gonzalez, who shot 232 to add to his first game of 253. Hardarson dropped to third, a further 4 pins away.

Wu kept his lead at the halfway mark despite managing only 191. Gonzalez did not take advantage of Wu's setback and managed only 188 to stay in second spot.

Wu shooting the first 300 and topping the second squad

Mark Jacobs of the Netherlands made progress to take up third while Hardarson continued to slip away into fourth. The Taiwanese bounced back brilliantly with 234 in his fourth game whilst Gonzalez also recovered with 243 to reduce the gap to 36 pins. Jacobs stayed closed to the leading duo in third with Leon Devlin of England moving up to fourth.

As Wu stumbled to a lowly 170 in the fifth game, the Colombian took the opportunity this time round to move 9 pins ahead into the lead. 2014 World Men's Championships Doubles gold medallist, Park Jongwoo of Korea moved into contention taking up third while Jacobs slipped to fourth.

Gonzalez needed 242 or more to beat Squad 1 leader, Xander van Marzijk of Netherlands. Wu's task was made harder and would need 251 or more. Disaster struck the Colombian when he stumbled to 166 in his final game to end up second to Wu with 1297 and failing to make the top four.

Wu finished with 215 for a total of 1337 to take up third overall behind Israel Hernandez of Puerto Rico, retaining second spot with 1361. Jacobs finished third in this squad with 1290. As a result of Wu's effort, a one-ball roll-off was held between Tobias Boerding of Germany and Thomas Larsen of Denmark after the pair tied fourth position with 1319.

Men's Singles top 4 semi-finalists, Hernandez, van Mazijk, Wu and Boerding

Boerding struck in his first ball while Larsen knocked down 9 pin. Boerding made the cut as fourth-seed and will face van Mazijk in the first semi-finals match and Hernandez will meet Wu in the other semi tomorrow. The winners of the semi-finals will meet in the finals.

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

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