Bowling News USA - August 26, 2013 Team Canada Takes Gold in Men's Trios
Mark Buffa, Francois Lavoie and Patrick Girard of Canada defeated two teams from tenpin bowling powerhouses United States and Korea on their way to capture the gold medal in Men's Trios at the World Championships in the Las Vegas area.
In the title match, the Canadians fired a big game to defeat Koreans Choi Bok-Eum, Cho Young-Seon and Kim Jun-Yung 721-601.
Buffa started with the front nine before left a 6-pin on his first ball in the 10th. He struck on his fill ball for 279.
Lavoie also struck 10 times en route to a 258 game. He left a super wash-out in the first frame (1-2-4-6-10) which resulted in an open, reeled off four consecutive strikes, spared a 10-pin in frame six and went off the sheet. Girard, who suffered three open frames, contributed 184, but the Canadians put the match away well before the final frame.
In the semifinal, Canada defeated the top-seeded trio from the United States featuring PBA stars Bill O'Neill, Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones 601-579.
In the other semifinal match, Korea flew past Edward Rey, Santiago Mejia and Oscar Rodriguez to feat the Colombians by 255 pins, 699-444. The Colombians suffered nine splits, which they were unable to convert, and had an additional four open frames.
It was the second gold medal for the Canadian men in the history of QWTBA World Championships and both came in Nevada. Marc Doi won the first gold medal for his country in Men's Singles at the 1995 Championships in Reno.
Korea received the silver medal, the second medal of this Championships for the Korean men after Shin Seung-Hyeon's bronze medal in Singles. USA and Colombia shared the bronze medal. It was the second consecutive bronze medal in Trios for O'Neill, Jones and Barnes, who fell to their team mates and eventual winners Rhino Page, Wes Malott and Patrick Allen in the semifinals at the 2010 World Championships in Munich, Germany.
Two hours before the Canadians received the gold medal, they were in serious danger to not make the medal round.
The top four finalists in the Men's Trios event were decided in a super-exciting last game of Squad 1. Block 1 leaders Bill O'Neill, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes maintained their lead with a 659 game en route to take the No. 1 seed in the semifinals with 4101 total and an average of 227.83.
Choi Bok-Eum, Cho Young-Seon and Kim Jun-Yung finished with a 647 game to beat the Canadians, who led Squad 2, by two pins, 4040 to 4038, to secure a spot in the medal round.
Swedes Robert Andersson, Dennis Eklund and Martin Larsen and Edward Rey, Oscar Rodriguez and Santiago Mejia, who were in fourth and fifth place after five games based on average, needed 688 and 726 to shut out the Canadians and be for sure in the top 4.
The Colombians, however, finished with a huge 757 game including a near-perfect 299 by Rodriguez to rocket into second place with 4070.
The Swedes had a great start into the round with 733 and 715 but were unable to maintain the 38-pin buffer over Colombia and had to settle for seventh place with 3925 behind a final 574 game, which gave Mark Buffa, Francois Lavoieand Patrick Girard (right, l-r) the No. 4 seed.
Norway's Tore Torgersen rolled the seventh 300 game of the World Championships and the first in the Trios event in the last game of Squad 1.
With 18 of 24 games in the books, Team USA's Chris Barnes has a dominating 216-pins lead in All-Events (combined qualifying results in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team) and is on course for his second the gold medal of the championships after his victory in Doubles with John Szczerbinski. Barnes totaled 4311 pins, an average of 239.50.
Martin Larsen of Sweden is second place with 4095, 101 pins ahead of Cho Young-Seon of Korea and Jason Belmonte of Australia, who are tied for third place at 3994. Colombia'sOscar Rodriguez used his 1526 series in the trios qualifying, the highest six-game series of the championships so far, to jump into fifth place with 3986, just eight pins off the pace for the medals.
The Bowling World Championships continue Monday with the second block of the Women's Trios qualifying on long oil (Seoul) followed by the semi-finals and finals.
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The World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships run from Aug. 16 thru 31, 2013 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. in the Las Vegas area. The Championships will award medals in six disciplines - Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters.
The entire competition will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV. Bowling fans will be able to watch live and on demand for free. The schedule is available at BOWL.com/LiveStream.
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