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Two Koreans and Gwendal Maréchal in main role

Posted by on July 4, 2019

Two Koreans and Gwendal Maréchal in main role

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The third day's best in Porto World Cup: Dong Hoon Kim with 2.400 on average

PORTO - The Korean Dong Hoon Kim led the ranking, the Japanese Yusuke Mori closed the row of winners on the third day of the World Cup. There was another Korean, Chang Hoon Seo in between with an over two average score, Frenchman Gwendal Maréchal performed on the level he has been showing for weeks now, Peter Ceulemans was among the winners (ran out 11 to the finish in his second) and also three Portuguese home favorites with the 64-year-old Paulo Andrade as the most striking group winner. An interesting field of players presents itself for the final qualifying day.

The highlight came from Chang Hoon Seo, who finished a match in six innings (5,000 average, 10-2-5-9-2-2), Dong Hoon Kim was slightly better with his 2,400 average and Gwendal Maréchal remains surprising all his French fans with an all times increasing game level.

This third day was the one which the new generation, with Maréchal, Kim, Montes and Mori were in the spotlights, but also two veterans were fighting a long battle: Paulo Andrade (64) and Ragay Henry (60), won by the Portuguese, who was the champion in his country last year. The Portuguese players brought two more group winners into their own arena: Rui Costa and Manuel Santos Oliveira.

In-Won Kang ran into the next round again, like Jérôme Barbeillon, David Pennör and Ronny Lindemann. Thomas Andersen and Jacob Haack Sörensen fought out a Danish clash, Andersen won, but Sörensen, who beat Dutchman Barry van Beers in 9 innings, advances as a runner-up, like Belgian Jef Philipoom with a nice average, 1,567.

Wednesday's ranking:

1 Dong Hoon Kim 4-2.400-10
2 Chang Hoon Seo 4-2.222-10
3 Gwendal Maréchal 4-2.222-8
4 Turgay Orak 4-1.714-7
5 Peter Ceulemans 4-1.621-11
6 Ronny Lindemann 4-1.578-6
7 Jérôme Barbeillon 4-1.463-9
8 David Pennör 4-1.463-8
9 Thomas Andersen 4-1.463-7
10 Rui Costa 4-1.428-6
11 Antonio Montes 4-1.363-7
12 In-Won Kang 4-1.363-7
13 Manuel Santos Oliveira 4-1.304-6
14 Paulo Andrade 4-1.000-5
15 José Maria Mas 3-1.250-13
16 Yusuke Mori 2-1.806-11

The groups for the last day of qualifications:

Poule A: Sung-Won Choi, In-Won Kang, Manuel Santos Oliveira
Poule B: Paulo Andrade, Antonio Montes, Haeng Jik Kim
Poule C: José-Maria Mas, Rui Costa, Eddy Leppens
Poule D: Myung Woo Cho, Yusuke Mori, Thomas Andersen
Poule E: Trung Hau Do Nguyen, Martin Horn, David Pennör
Poule F: Javier Palazón, Jérôme Barbeillon, Minh Cam Ma
Poule G: David Martinez, Ronny Lindemann, Robinson Morales
Poule H: Jacob Haack Sörensen, Peter Ceulemans, Nikos Polychronopoulos
Poule I: Can Capak, Turgay Orak, Lütfi Cenet
Poule J: Roland Forthomme, Gwendal Maréchal, Birol Uymaz
Poule K: Riad Nady, Chang Hoon Seo, Jef Philipoom
Poule L: Dion Nelin, Dong Hoon Kim, Anh Vu Duong

The second best, Chang Hoon Seo, with a 30-points match in 6 innings (5.000 on average)

Young French talent, growing better all the time this year on international stage

Manuel Santos Oliveira, one of three Portuguese moving up to next round





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