Bowling News USA - August 13, 2014 USA Win Team Gold Medal at 2014 World Youth Championships
HONG KONG - Defending champion Junior Team USA cruised to the boys team title at the 2014 World Youth Championships, while Japan claimed the girls gold medal by a single pin Wednesday at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Center.
Wesley Low and his Junior Team USA teammates were able to capitalize on early mistakes by Malaysia and rolled unchallenged to an 812-735 victory live on BowlTV. They successfully defended the program's 2012 title in Bangkok, Thailand. Watch the broadcast now: Girls | Boys
The gold medalists first found success together at the 2013 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships, where they also won the team event, and they drew on that experience in Hong Kong.
"After PABCON, we didn't know if we'd get to travel together again for the World Championships, so to come here together, win again and defend the title for the 2012 team is surreal," Low said. "We had an early advantage today and just didn't want to let up or give them a chance to come back. As the week went on, we kept getting stronger as a team, and that really showed today."
The United States edged Japan 776-760 to earn its spot in the final, while Malaysia dominated England, 909-738.
In the girls gold-medal match, Japan and Sweden both struggled at different points of the game, but a late rally from Japan gave anchor Kana Shimoide a chance to win with two strikes and nine pins in the final frame.
After getting the double, Shimoide's final offering drifted high, nearly leaving the 4-7-10 split, but the 7 and 10 pins fell late to secure the 784-783 win.
Japan's road to the final included a less-dramatic, 750-685, win over Finland. All of the fireworks came in Sweden's semifinal win against the United States, the defending girls champion. Sweden anchor Jenny Wegner struck on the first shot of the 10th frame to lift her team to an 838-821 win.
Japan and England each earned bronze medals in the boys team event, and Finland and Junior Team USA shared the bronze in the girls division.
All teams bowled three qualifying games on the 45-foot Mexico City lane condition and three on the 35-foot Beijing oil pattern before the field was cut to the top four for the semifinals.
The conclusion of the team event Wednesday also determined the all-events medalists based on their 18-game pinfall totals.
Junior Team USA's Low claimed the all-events gold medal on the boys side with help from a 300 in his opening game Wednesday. It was the fourth perfect game by a boy, and fifth overall, in World Youth Championships competition. The first was rolled by Team USA's Tommy Jones at the 1996 event, also in Hong Kong.
Low set the pace with a record 18-game total of 4,224, a 234.67 average. Junior Team USA's Kamron Doyle earned the silver with 4,095 and Sweden's Jesper Svensson claimed the bronze medal with 4,078. The previous all-events record of 4,153 was set by Dominic Barrett of England in 2008.
"I wasn't paying attention to the all-events standings at all this week," said Low, who won the silver medal in singles this week. "I wanted to take it one event...
To view full Team Gold at World Youth Championships story go to: bowl.com/wycchampionships
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