30th August, Las Vegas: Team Colombia fought galantly to defeat Team Sweden 2-1 for their second gold medal of the 2019 World Bowling Women's Championships on Friday.
Juliana Franco, Laura Plazas, Rocio Restrepo, Clara Guerrero and All Events gold medallist, Maria Rodriguez narrowly edged All Events silver medallist, Joline Persson Planfors, Doubles gold medallist, Josefin Hermansson, Cajsa Wegner, Jenny Wegner and Sandra Andersson of Sweden, 205-204 in the first best-of-3 final match to go one up.
But Sweden bounced back with a 235-220 victory in the second match to force a sudden decider. The Swedes started off well in the third match with a double but both Wegner siblings, Cajsa and Jenny failed to make their single-pin spares in the third and fourth frames.
This gave confidence to the Colombians as Plazas and Restrepo struck in their second and third frames to lead by 11 pins. When Franco suffered an unlucky spli in the fifth frame, the match was level.
Sweden recovered with a double in the seventh and eighth frames to draw level again. Restrepo started the ball rolling with a strike in the eighth frame and Guerrero followed if up with another strike in the ninth frame.
Their fierce opponent responded with another strike in the ninth frame taking the match to the final frame. Colombia's anchorwomen, Rodriguez struck twice in the tenth frame while Sweden's anchorwomen, Andersson was unable to match it allowing Colombia to clinch the match and the gold medal, 222-202.
The champion had to work hard to upset topseed and favourite, Team USA, 2-1 in the semi-finals to reach the final while Sweden also was forced into the third deciding match to defeat second-seed, Mexico, 2-1 in the other semi to face Colombia.
The match was witnessed by the Associate Director, Winter and Regional Sports and IF Relations Sports Department of IOC, Ms Irina Gladkikh and World Bowling President, Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah, who also presented the medals and mascots to the winners.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Las Vegas, USA.
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