"It's been a fantastic week although the format was slightly different this year. But I'm totally satisfied with my performance here and I look forward to coming back to Japan again next year.
Both the Americans eliminated 16-year-old Malaysian sensation, Rafiq Ismail in the second match. Jones rolled 229 as Rash topped the match with a splendid 247. Rafiq had two splits but still managed 200 to finish third.
Jones and Rafiq cruised through the first match with 261 and 268 with Rash rolling 215 eliminating third-seed and World Singles champion, Chris Barnes and JPBA southpaw, Suzuki Hiroki, who posted 180 and 190.
Both the champions picked up the top prize of 6 million Japanese yen (approx. US$75,000) each less 20.42% tax. The first runner-ups took home 3 million yen and the second runner-ups 1.5 million yen a piece.
In the earlier Special Trios event bowled in the Baker format, Team International trio of Mike Fagan (USA), Jang Dong-Chul (KOR) and Ryan Ciminelli defeated Japanese trio of Saito Shigeo, Tagata Kengo and Obara Teruyuki 245-193 to win 200,000 yen.
But the Japanese women trio of Asada Rina, Izumune Shion and Washizuka Shima defeated Team International trio of Jazreel Tan (SIN), Jacqueline Sijore (MAS) and Tannya Roumimper (INA) 204-170 to retain the title and win 200,000 yen.
The runner-ups earned 100,000 yen each. Honorary Life President of WTBA and JBC and organizing chairman, Mr Kyohei Akagi gave away the prizes to the Trios winners while Mr Kevin Dornberger, FIQ and WTBA President gave the prizes to the top 5 winners of the main event.
Mayor of Inazawa-Shi, Mr Toshiaki Ohno presented the mascots to both the men and the women top 5 winners. Distiguished guests, dignitaries, sponsors, team officials and players adjourned to the victory banquet hosted by JBC at Inazawa Grand Bowl.
The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 115 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit www.worldtenpinbowling.com.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Nagoya, Japan.
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