Park Jongwoo struck on the first shot of his final frame to lift Korea past Japan for the doubles gold medal at the 2014 World Bowling Men’s Championships in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Korea was down two pins heading into the 10th frame but escaped with a 410-396 victory. The win marks Park’s first gold medal at the World Men’s Championships, while his partner, Choi Bokeum, notched his third world title.
“I cannot explain how I feel right now, and I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep at all tonight,” said Park, who made a semifinal appearance in the team event at the 2013 World Championships in Henderson, Nevada. “I knew I needed one more strike, and I was so happy to get it. This is one of the biggest moments of my career.”
Park contributed a 226 game to the winning-effort and Choi added 184. Japan’s Daisuke Yoshida got off to a slow start in the championship match and never was able to rebound. Despite averaging more than 242 through qualifying and the semifinals, he managed just 191 in the final. Shusaku Asato had 205.