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KAOHSIUNG CITY - South Africa's search for elusive World Games medals continued into the fourth day of the Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, yesterday.
Ranked fifth at the start of the mixed doubles category in the ten-pin bowling, Gauteng's Guy Caminsky and Gaye Mack had a bad day at the lanes. They finished 22nd out of 23 teams, with only El Salvador ending below them.
The competition format was an unforgiving one, with only the top three countries going through from the qualifying stages. In this case it was Colombia, Korea and Malaysia.
In tenpin, a strike of 10 (all pins knocked down with one throw) is the aim of each attempt, and players have 10 cracks in each game.
The top score for the South Africans during their six group matches was Caminsky's 222 in the final game, while Mack's best was a 211 in the third game. Their worst scores were 145 and 159 respectively.
The qualifying matches were played in great spirit. The South Africans also had good support in the crowd with Les Williams, head of the SA delegation and chef de mission (team leader) Jerry Masia being joined by managers of the various codes, along with physiotherapist David van Wyk.
"It was a bit of a nightmare day out there today," said Mack afterwards, nursing a sore left knee. "I just bowled badly."
The two go on to play the singles events today and tomorrow. Both players will take their scores through to the singles categories, meaning they will have to have to bring their "A-game" to the lanes from the start. - Sapa