After two days of disappointing performances in medal rounds, Team USA finally broke through Monday to win its first gold medal of the 2018 World Bowling Men’s Championships.
The United States threesome of Kyle Troup, EJ Tackett and Andrew Anderson defeated Indonesia’s Billy Islam, Hardy Rachmadian and Ryan Lalisang, 632-551, to win the trios gold medal at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre in Hong Kong.
Troup led the way for Team USA in the gold-medal match with 229, while Tackett had 223 and Anderson shot 180. For Indonesia, Lalisang had 189, Islam shot 183 and Rachmadian had 179.
The trios victory was the first in the event for Team USA since 2010 when Patrick Allen, Rhino Page and Wes Malott won the event in Munich, Germany.
In the semifinals, the United States put up a big score in defeating Korea, 695-654. Tackett shot 245, Troup had 243 and Anderson totaled 207. Korea was led by Kim Kyungmin’s 243 game with Koo Seonghoi shooting 212 and Park Jongwoo 199.
Indonesia advanced in the semifinals with a 632-591 win over Sweden. Lalisang led the way for Indonesia with 235 and was followed by Rachmadian (216) and Islam (181). For Sweden, Mattias Wetterberg had 202, Jesper Svensson shot 195 and Martin Larsen had 194.