France, Denmark win team gold medals at 2021 IBF Masters World Championships, USA take bronze – .

France, Denmark win team gold medals at 2021 IBF Masters World Championships, USA take bronze – .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates –
For the first time since 2015, there are new team champions at the International Bowling Federation World Masters ChampionshipsFrance and Denmark won the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, on Friday at the Dubai International Bowling Center, each beating Canada to claim the gold medals.
Championship games featured a best-of-two format. All IBF Masters World Championships competitions were broadcast live on

The United States entered the tournament as the reigning three-time tag team champion in both divisions. The Senior United States Team the women won a bronze medal in the team event on Friday, and the men failed to advance to the medal round.

In the women’s final, France hit just seven times, but the strikes came at the right time for a 2-1 victory (187-185, 156-179, 50-26).

France did not strike until the 10th frame of the opening match, but a brace and eight pins were enough to take the advantage early in the game. Canada finished the game first, and a count of six on the fill ball gave France the victory instantly.

In Game 2, France’s only strikes were in the seventh and eighth frames, and a split in the 10th frame allowed Canada’s Lisa Morabito to strike in the last frame to tie the game.

The 1-1 tie meant the title would be decided by a ninth and tenth frame roll-off.

France delivered a reserve and three strikes for the win, while Canada posted a 2-4-10 strike and a split Morabito was unable to convert.

The list for France included Nathalie DiMartino, Pepita Jacques, Valérie Murat and Françoise Wisniewski. Canada was represented by Morabito, Lauraine Fast, Deborah Lee and Jill Friis.

The men’s final was also decided by a roll-off, after Canada let the title slip away with three consecutive open frames at the end of game two.

The Canadians won Game 1 handily, 244-170, and opened Game 2 with catches in five of the top six frames.

An unconverted 3-6-7-10 split in the eighth frame, a chopped 2-4-5 combination in the ninth frame and a 4pin misfire in the 10th frame, allowed Danish anchor John Guldbaek to collect two catches and seven pins in his final frame to steal the game, 191-186.

In the roll-off, Denmark opened with a strike, and Guldbaek left the combination 3-6-9-10 on his first attempt. He converted the reserve and knocked down eight pins on the fill ball.

Canada’s first two shots resulted in a 10pin and a 4pin. They converted the two, and Joe Ciach stepped up his efforts by needing a strike to win the gold medal. Nine would have forced a tie and an additional roll-off.

Ciach, who was competing in his last event for Canada after two decades with the team, left a 6-7-9-10 lead to fail.

Denmark’s list included Guldbaek, Lars Nielsen, Kenneth Ankerdal and Michael Sorensen. The Canadian roster included Ciach, Michael Snow, Doug Schatz and Conn Casey.

Denmark advanced to the final with a 212-189 victory over France, and Canada earned their place by beating the Czech Republic, 214-206.

Every event beyond the singles this week at the Masters World Championships featured a variation of the Baker format, where multiple players contribute to a single score.

In the four-player version, the first pitcher plays the first, fifth, ninth and tenth frames. The rest of the team play second and sixth, third and seventh, and fourth and eighth frames, respectively.

This year’s team competition featured 20 men’s and 15 women’s teams.

All of the teams played 10 qualifying matches, and the total of the pinouts determined the eight men’s and eight women’s teams that advanced to Friday’s match play round.

The advancing teams were split into two groups, each with four teams, and they all played three round robin matches.

Points were awarded for each victory and the top two teams from each group, based on points, qualified for the bracket-type semi-finals. The semi-finals featured one-game Baker matches.

The women and men of the US senior team both won the team gold medals in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Sweden was the only other country to win the team event, sweeping the titles. during the first Masters World Championships in 2013.

Canada’s quest for a fourth consecutive tag team title for the US senior women’s team ended in the hands of Canada in the semifinals, 206-179.

The teams traded fifth frame divisions and the United States held a seven pin advantage midway through the game.

Team USA anchor Tish Johnson left a 6-7 lead in ninth frame and struck to start on 10th frame, before leaving a 7 on his second shot. Canada’s Morabito closed the game with four consecutive goals to secure the victory.

Johnson was joined in the effort by Debbie Ayers, Tracy Calfee and Sharon Powers.

“I threw a good one in the first frame, I had a little trouble with my foot and I rounded it on the two bad shots, instead of staying behind like I have been doing all week Said Johnson, who performed. in the five editions of the tournament. “I feel bad for my team. The coach put me in this position to do it, and I usually do, or at least put it there. I threw two pretty good shots in the 10th. If I wear the second one, it puts a little pressure on it. Guess it just wasn’t meant to be. “

In the other women’s semi-final, a missed 3-10 split in Finland’s final frame allowed France to overtake in 10th frame en route to a 233-224 victory.

The men’s race for the senior United States team ended in match play on Friday morning, as they posted a 1-2 record, despite averaging 239 in all three games.

Chris Barnes, Parker Bohn III, Tom Hess and Bob Learn Jr. started the day with a 279-250 victory over the Czech Republic, but fell to Norway (244-218) and Denmark (244-220) to get the early exit from the event.

Before the final match, the four teams in the group were at 1-1, meaning the two winners would represent the group in the semi-finals.

Before the last two games against Denmark, the United States team had a maximum score of 258, while the best Denmark could do was 246.

Hess missed the headpin in the ninth frame and left the 1-2-10 washout, which he couldn’t convert. Denmark took the opportunity and struck three in a row for the win.

“Right now I’m feeling absolute heartache,” said Hess, 2021 Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour Player and Rookie of the Year Player of the Year. “I don’t think failure is the right word, but not doing it hurts. The team believed in me and put me in this place for a reason. It’s a team effort, but being in this situation and not getting out of it is so difficult. If I could give up my gold to get four for the team, I absolutely would. The ending was so tough, but I just have to remember all the amazing things that happened this week. “

Hess won the only gold for the United States, winning singles to start the tournament. He added a bronze in doubles with Barnes.

The journey to the World Masters Championships for senior US team members began with resume submissions and a selection process.

Hess, Barnes, Calfee and Ayers all attended the event for the first time, while Bohn, Learn, Johnson and Powers were among the team’s past successes on the world stage.

Since learning about his selection, Hess has said the opportunity is a dream come true. With the way it ended, he’s even more motivated to work for a return trip.

“This will drive me for sure,” Hess said. “I will work hard to have the opportunity to represent the country again. It made my heart beat like no other. It meant the world to me to come bowling with this team to this place and represent the country, and I absolutely want to be back to do it again. “

Johnson also reached the medal round in singles, but fell in the semifinals, winning the first of his three bronze medals of the week. She and Powers reached the doubles semi-finals.

In the new mixed team event, Bohn, Learn, Calfee and Powers were bronze medalists.

As the women of the senior United States team reached the medal round in the team event, Ayers won her first career medal and all eight of the team will walk away with at least one.

“The senior USA team worked hard to prepare and perform during this competition,” said Stephen Padilla, Coaching Director of USBC / Team USA High Performance. “Although we did not achieve all of our goals, everyone is bringing back at least one medal and priceless memories. We proudly represented our country and ourselves at this event, and we are already looking forward to the next opportunity. ”

Two dozen countries were represented at the masters world championships, and they competed in two age categories – 50 and over and 65 and over – although the US team competed only in the 50 division. years and older.

In the 50+ categories, the United States and Finland led the medal table with six medals each. They were followed by Sweden (five), Canada (two), Denmark (two), France (two), Germany (two), the Czech Republic (one), Kuwait (one) and Malaysia. (a).

The Masters World Championships were the last of three events held in Dubai.

The Super IBF World Championships kicked off the relay in the United Arab Emirates and was joined by the first World Para Bowling Championships.

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