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World Games Wroclaw 2017

Bronze medal at World Games for Hong Kong
24th July, Wroclaw, Poland: 2009 World Games silver medallist, Wu Siu Hong partnered Michael Mak to win the Men's Doubles bronze medal of the World Games Wroclaw 2017 for Hong Kong at Sky Bowling Centre on Monday.

Wu and Mak outclassed Ricardo Lecuona and Arturo Quintero of Mexico, 533-445 in the first match to build up a massive advantage of 88 pins over the two-games total bronze medal tie. Despite losing the second matchm 470-503, the duo triumphed over the Mexicans, 1003-948.

Thirty-two pairs were divided into four pools of four each. Each pair will bowl against each other. Two points will be awarded for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 point for a lost. The top two pairs with the highest points will advance to the quarter-finals knockout round.



Men's Doubles bronze medallist, Wu Siu Hong and Michael Mak

The path towards a bronze medal play-off was indeed impressive. Wu and Mak beat Dutch pair of Johnny Spil and Jeffrey Van De Wakker, 903-881 to earn 2 points in Pool C during the preliminaries. The pair then edged Finland's Juhani Tonteri and Osku Palermaa, 865-833 in the second match for another 2 points.

Although Wu and Mak lost the third match, 888-935 to Venezuela's Massimiliano Fridegotto and Singles silver medallist, Ildemaro Ruiz, their 4 points total was enough to secure them a place in the quater-finals. The Venezuelean topped the pool with 6 points winning all their three matches.

The Hong Kong national bowlers' most impressive run was dispatching American PBA pros, Marshall Kent and Tommy Jones in the quarter-final round. Wu and Mak beat the American pair, 489-467 for a 22-pin lead. And despite narrowly losing the second match, 483-491, Wu and Mak bboked their place in the Semi-final with a total of 972-958 victory.

But their fine run came to an end when they lost to eventual gold medallist Canadian pair of Dan MacLelland and Francois Lavoie, 911-1059. They however salvaged a bronze medal in the thirdplace play-off against the loser of the other semi-final match, Mexico.

Canada defeated Venezuela, 972-935 over two matches to clinch the gold medal while Venezuela took home their second silver medal.

The World Games Wroclaw started on July 21 with Germany's Laura Beuthner winning the Women's Singles gold medal. Kelly Kulick of USA and Clara Guerrero of Colombia earned the silver and bronze medals. Cho Yougnseon of Korea captured the Men's Singles gold on July 22.

Ruiz Ildemaro of Venezuela and Tobais Bording of Germany took home the silver and bronze medals. Rocio Restrpo and Clara Guerrero of Colombia upset the American pair of Danielle McEwan and Kelly Kulick to claim the Women's Doubles gold. Tannya Lopez and Sandra Gongora of Mexico picked up the bronze medal as USA settled for another silver.

The World Games, held every four years, is a multi-sport event featuring a total of 37 sports in which 31 were official sports and 6 were invitational sports. A total of 103 nations and a total of 3255 athletes competed in.

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