24th October, Petaling Jaya: Top-seed, Chen Chien-Hao and Hsieh Sheng-Fu of Chinese Taipei, edged third-seed Korea and challenger, 206-189 in the Bakers' format final match to win the Men's Doubles gold medal on Day 3 of the 24th Deaflympics Bowling Competitions 2021.
Chen and Hsieh, who sailed past the second Korean pair of Seo Youngchun and Ham Jonghoon, 227-194 in the first semi-final match, advanced to the final. Singles bronze medallist, An Seongjo and Bak Jaeung defeated the first Saudi Arabian pair of Bassam Oraif and Basem Oraif, 184-168 in the secomd semi-final match to face the Taiwanese pair in the final.
Korea was again denied the gold when An and Bak just could not adapt to the Bakers' format of play in the final. The Korean pair settled for the silver while the other Korean pair and Saudi Arabia were awarded a bronze medal each.
In the earlier six games qualification round, Chen and Hsieh led from start to finish to claim top spot with 2388. Although the Saudi pair had a similar total as the Taiwanese, Chinese Taipei claimed pole with a best game of 428 to Saudi Arabia's 427.
An and Bak finished third with 2373, just 15 pins behind both Chinese Taipei and Saudi Arabia. Seo and Ham snatched the fourth and final semi-final spot with two big games in the fifth and sixth to finish with 2356.
Again, host nation Malaysia was unlucky to missed out of the top four by a single pin this time with 2355 after being in contention before the sixth and final game. Singles silver and gold medallist, Vadym Danyliuk and Vladyslav Ialovega of Ukraine managed only fifth position with 2280.
Mr Rainer Kuehn, Tournament Director of ICSD presented the medals to the winners while Soo Kok Heng, Team Leader of the Malaysian team gave away the mascots.
The women will resume competition with their six-games Doubles qualification round tomorrow morning, October 25. The top four finishers at the end of the round will advance to the Semi-final shootout for medals. Competition will shift to the Men's Trios on October 26 and Women's Trios on October 27.
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Ukraine dominates winning gold and silver
Colourful ceremony marks opening of bowling competitions
Sixteen countries ready for Deaflympics Bowling
Organizing committee and coordination team meeting
Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya for MSDeaf.