The 2014 World Youth Championships came to an exciting close Friday as Jesper Svensson of Sweden and Japan’s Mirai Ishimoto won Masters gold medals at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Center.
Both sealed their victories with clutch doubles in the final frame. Svensson defeated Junior Team USA’s Wesley Low, 237-227, while Ishimoto topped Finland’s Sanna Pasanen, 208-191.
Svensson started the championship match with an open frame, and Low started with four consecutive strikes to jump out to an early 20-pin lead, but Svensson was able to strike down the stretch.
“I started off strong and took advantage of a few lucky breaks, but he found something in the last few frames, and I couldn’t get anything going,” said Low, who medaled in every event, including an all-events win with a record score of 4,224 for 18 games. “This week was an amazing experience. To get to bowl against all of these countries and keep up with the best youth bowlers in the world was very satisfying.”
In the sixth frame of the girls final, Ishimoto converted a 2-4-10 split to keep within a few pins of Pasanen. Ishimoto, who also helped Japan to the team gold medal this week, then threw a double in the 10th frame to lock up the gold.