[caption id="attachment_10408" align="alignnone" width="800"] USA poses with the Team Bowling Bronze medal at the 2019 World Deaf Bowling Championships in Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei (Photo courtesy of Terence Yaw / Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf)
Written by Robert Ellison, USA Deaf Bowling
TAOYUAN CITY, CHINESE TAIPEI—Team USA captured the Bronze Medal at the 4th World Deaf Bowling Championships in Chinese Taipei, held from August 1 to 12, 2019 at Da Taoyuan Bowling in Taoyuan City.
The bowling championship started with official practices on August 1st and with official practice and an opening ceremony August 2nd. We will have singles competition will start the next morning. One hundred eighty bowlers from 27 countries competed for medals in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters competition.
Pierre Bocquet of Denmark defeated Kim Teck Han of South Korea to capture the Gold. In the Men's Masters, Han defeated Germany's Duda 2-1 to capture the Gold. John Wukasch was the top-performing American, who finished 32nd in the Singles standings and had a combined average of 200.71 over all rounds.
However, the Americans' chemistry proved strong and things fell together in the Team competition, where the Americans qualified for the semifinals but fell to South Korea, the eventual world champions by a score of 212-178.
Team USA is comprised of the following bowlers: Robert Ellison, Alpine, CA; John Wukasch, Conroe, TX; Tim Estes, Tacoma, WA; Robby Pyper, Las Vegas, NV; Corey Blackwell, Kansas City, KS; and Phillip Smith, Oakland, CA.
The World Deaf Bowling Championships is a combined event – men and women – something that happens every four years. The last World Men’s Championships took place in Bologna, Italy in 2015. For more information about the 2019 World Championships, visit the event website.
[caption id="attachment_10409" align="alignnone" width="800"] USA Men's Team is comprised of Robert Ellison, Alpine, CA; John Wukasch, Conroe, TX; Tim Estes, Tacoma, WA; Robby Pyper, Las Vegas, NV; Corey Blackwell, Kansas City, KS; and Phillip Smith, Oakland, CA.