4th World Deaf Bowling Championships 2019
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3rd August 2019, Taoyuan: Top-seed, Pierre Bocquet of Denmark won the Men's Singles gold medal of the 4th World Deaf Bowling Championships 2019 with a narrow victory over Korea's Kim Teck Han in the final match at Da Taoyuan Bowling Centre.

Bocquet started off the championship match failing to make a single-pin spare in his opening frame to trail challenger, Kim by 10 pins. Both marked their second frame and rolled a strike in the third.

When Bocquet opened again in the fourth frame, the Korean too suffered a setback with a similar opened frame. But the Danish bowler recovered with three strikes-in-a-row to draw level after the sixth frame.

Whilst Bocquet knocked down another two strikes, Kim responded with a three consecutive strikes leaving only one pin separating the two gold medal contenders. The Korean ended disasterously with a big 4-7-6-10 split in the tenth frame and picking up only one pin meant he ended with 197.


Pierre Bocquet winning the first gold medal of the championships

Bocquet appeared to have the match sealed as he needed only to mark his last frame but also stumbled to a 1-2-8-10 split. Fortunately, he took two pins to win the match with 199 and the gold medal.

The champion had earlier edged another Korean and fourth-seed, Kim Youn Ho, 177-176 in the first semi-final match in which Kim also suffered a 4-7-6-10 split to hand the tie to Bocquet. The silver medallist, ousted third-seed, Daniel Duda of Germany, 202-194 in the other semi to advance to the final.

Kim Teck Han topped the opening group of the Men's Singles prelimianries with 1355 followed by Oliver Wulff Kristensen of Denmark in second with 1291. Hsieh Sheng-Fu of Chinese Taipei and An Seong Jo of Korea finished third and fourth with 1280 and 1260 respectively.

Bocquet completed the second group in the lead with 1372 to advance to the semi-finals as topseed overall. Duda finished second behind Bocquet with 1335 to make the semi-finals as second-seed. Kim Youn Ho took third spot with 1315 while Lin Cheng-En of Chinese Taipei finished fourth with 1286.

Mr Chen Kang, President of Chinese Taipei Deaf Sports Federation (CTDSF) was on hand to present the medals to all the winners while the Secretary General of Chinese Taipei Deaf Sports Federation, Mr Chao Yu-Ping gave away the certificates.


Men's Singles medallists, Kim Teck Han, Pierre Bocquet, Kim Youn Ho and Daniel Duda

The women will contest their first event in tomorrow's Singles preliminaries, divided into two groups. The top four with the highest pinfalls from the comnbined groups will advance to the semi-finals and final knockout matches.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei.

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