ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - During the first three events at the 2015 World Bowling Women's Championships, Jung Dawun of Korea looked on as her teammates appeared in each medal round, bowling for gold medals in singles, doubles and trios.
She finally found her own place in the spotlight in the last event of the week as she topped United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, 256-183, to win the Masters gold medal at Zayed Sports City's Khalifa International Bowling Centre.
It was the second world championship for the right-hander, who helped Korea to the team gold medal in 2013. While she said there's nothing like sharing a win with her teammates, it was a special honor to find individual success against someone she looks up to.
Jung struck eight times in the final match, while Johnson struggled with carry on the same pair of lanes that yielded two 300s for her this week.
"Liz is one of the best in the world and this week at the World Championships, and I knew it was going to be tough to beat her," Jung said. "To win was a dream come true. It was a very competitive week and very nice to have a last game like that."
Jung appeared to be very comfortable in front of the local television and BowlTV cameras during the team medal round Saturday night, striking on 20 of 23 opportunities to help Korea to the silver medal, but she proved her versatility by conquering both lane conditions in the Masters medal round Sunday.
This week at the World Women's Championships, 147 players from 30 countries bowled six games of singles, doubles, trios and team on two different lane conditions - the 43-foot Tokyo oil pattern and 36-foot Los Angeles pattern.
The top 24 in the all-events standings advanced to Sunday's Masters competition, which featured the long pattern on each left lane and the short pattern on the right. After six additional games, the field was cut to the top eight for round-robin match play.
Including 80 bonus pins for her four wins in match play, Johnson was the top seed for the Masters medal round by more than 200 pins.
In the semifinals, Johnson took on her teammate, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, while Jung faced off against her own teammate, singles gold medalist Jeon Eunhee.
McEwan opened with four strikes, but a split in the eighth frame turned her lead into a deficit she couldn't recover from. Johnson struck four consecutive times starting in the sixth frame and advanced to the final with a 238-213 win. McEwan finished the week with gold medals in doubles and team and a bronze medal in Masters competition.
Jung managed just one double in her semifinal match, but it proved to be enough as she snuck past Jeon, 208-193. Jeon was clean in the match, but had to settle for the bronze medal.
Korea bowled in every gold-medal match this week, winning singles and trios, while collecting silver medals in team and doubles and an all-events bronze medal for Jeon.
Despite the ending to the tournament, the event overall was a success for Johnson, who won four medals - gold in team, silver in all-events and Masters and bronze in trios.
"I didn't want to finish with a 180, but it was a great week, and we accomplished what we came here to do, and that was win the team event," Johnson said. "Masters was a fun day. I couldn't believe the ball reaction I had. Then, after the way Danielle started, I was fortunate to get to the final, but the carry just went away. (Dawun) bowled great and earned it. Overall, it's been a great trip."
All rounds of the 2015 World Women's Championships were broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV and can be found in the BowlTV archives.
There were five 300 games this week, rolled by Venezuelan teammates Joan Gonzalez (doubles) and Karen Marcano (team), two by Johnson and one by McEwan during Masters match play.
Johnson's first 300 came in the team final and helped Team USA to the team gold medal, and the second came in the opening game of match play.
There now have been 16 perfect games in World Women's Championships history, with two each for Johnson and Team USA's Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey (2011 and 2013).
Participating countries this year included: Australia, Bahamas, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela and the host country United Arab Emirates.
Korea topped the medal table this week with eight, followed by the United States and Singapore with six and Denmark, England and Germany with one apiece.
For more information on the World Women's Championships, visit the official website of the event at 2015wwc.worldbowling.org.