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Bowling News USA - September 9, 2011 Shannon O'Keefe, TEAM USA, Strike Gold in Trios

 

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Shannon Pluhowsky, Stefanie Nation and Storm's Shannon O'Keefe (pictured left, l-r) earned the second gold medal for the United States at the Women's World Championships in Hong Kong, China when they defeated Haruka Matsuda,Kanako Ishimine and Natsuki Sasaki (right, l-r), 631-605, in the gold medal match of the Trios event Thursday at bowling center Hong Kong Bowling City. 

Japan's head coach Kazuhide Shimoji was challenging his mentor as he received his USBC silver level coach certification from Team USA head coach, Rod Ross, a USBC gold coach, who is also the head coach for the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. 

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Hwang Sun-Ok, Jeon Eun-Hee and Son Yun-Hee (left, l-r), who led the six-game preliminaries of 53 trios en route to earn the No. 1 seed, fell to the eventual champion in the semifinals, 753-663.
 
The Japanese women, seeded second, eliminated the second U.S. trio featuring Kelly Kulick, Liz Johnson and Roto Grip's Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (on the right, back row from left), in the other semifinal match, 668-661.

For the third time in as many events in Hong Kong, the No. 4 seed emerged victorious.
 
Japan earned the silver medal, while Korea and the U.S. shared the bronze. It was the second gold-bronze finish for Team USA after the Doubles event. Shannon Pluhowsky became the first two-time world champion. 

Action shifts to the Team event preliminaries on Friday and Saturday. The finals start on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 PM. 

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The fourth Women's World Championships takes place at bowling center Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China, from September 1 through 11, 2011. 

171 of the best women bowlers in the world featuring 33 countries compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, trios, five-player team event, all events, and masters in the nine-day event. 

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