World Championships

2013 World Championships

08/24/13

Korea, Chinese Taipei and Singapore continue to lead Women's Trios event

The second Korean trio leads Squad 2 and moves into fourth place overall; Asian women dominate in Trios and All-Events

2013WCKORJungKimBaek_small.jpgKim Moon-Jeong, Baek Seung-Ja and Jung Da-Wun (r-l) of South Korea led the second squad in the Women's Trios event on the 33-feet short oil pattern to move into fourth place overall as the 68 trios have completed the first three-game block at the WTBA Tenpin Bowling World Championships. Their team mates Lee Na-Young, Ryu Seo-Yeon and Son Yun-Hee hold the pole position with 2010 total (223.33). Chinese Taipei is second with 1897 and Singapore is third with 1862.

2013 World Championships

08/24/13

Asian countries dominate the first squad of the Women's Trios event

Korea, Chinese Taipei, Singapore and Japan hold the top four spots after the first block on the short oil pattern

2013WCTriosWomenKORLeeRyuSon_small.jpgFour trios from the Asian Bowling Federation set the pace in the first squad of the Women's Trios event to lead the field of 34 countries after the first block on the short pattern. World Champion in Singles, Ryu Seo-Yeon (center), and her team mates Lee Na-Young (left) and Son Yun-Hee (right) rolled games of 631, 736 and 643 en route to take the pole position with 2010 total and an average of 223.33. Chinese Taipei is second with 1897, Singapore third with 1862 and Japan fourth with 1833.

2013 World Championships

08/23/13

O'Neill, Jones and Barnes hold on to the lead as Men's Trios event reaches halfway mark

USA 1, Canada, Colombia and USA 2 hold the top four spots as the men's trios have completed the first block on short oil; the second block and the medal round on long oil will follow on Sunday

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Squad 1 leaders Bill O'Neill, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes (r-l) of the United States held on to the lead as the Men's Trios event has reached its halfway mark at the World Championships in the Las Vegas area. The multiple world champions toppled 2040 pins and averaged 226.67 on the 33-feet Sydney pattern to lead trios from Canada and Colombia by 48 pins. Fourth place belonged to the second U.S. trio. The men return on Sunday morning for the second block on long oil.

2013 World Championships

08/23/13

Bowlingdigital presents a slow motion video of the women's releases, ball motion and pin action

2013WCMensVideo_small.jpg 212 women from all over the world qualified infor the 2013 Tenpin Bowling World Championships August 16-31, 2013, at 72-lane Strike Zone bowling center inside Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nev., United States. This slow motion video shows players from each of the 36 participating countries. Most of the athletes attacked the 33-feet short-oil pattern from the extreme outside line. The Sydney oil pattern plays more like an "old-time gutter shot" which many players don't do very often anymore. To watch the 14-minute video,

2013 World Championships

08/23/13

Teams USA's O'Neill, Jones and Barnes set the tone in Men's Trios at World Championships

Americans beat out Colombia for the top spot in Squad 1 as 36 Trios have completed the first block on short oil; rounding out the top four were the United Arab Emirates and Korea; Squad 2 bowlers to complete the first block on Friday afternoon

2013WCTriosBarnesJonesONeill_small.jpgBill O'Neill, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes (r-l) of the United States averaged 226.67 in the first three-game block of the Men's Trios event en route to lead the 36 teams of Squad 1 with 2040 pinfall total. The three PBA champions target to improve on a third-place finish at the 2010 World Championships in Munich, Germany. Barnes, who won Doubles title Wednesday at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center in Henderson, Nev., led the way with 705 to widen his lead in All-Events to 230 pins.

2013 World Championships

08/22/13

USA's Nation/O'Keefe beat team mates Kulick/Parkin to win the gold medal in Women's Doubles

Venezuela's Karen and Alicia Marcano and Australia's Putney/Gianotti share the bronze medal; Kelly Kulick shoots the sixth 300 game of the Championships and the first by a woman

2013WCDoublesWomenGoldBronze_small.jpgTeam USA's Stefanie Nation and Shannon O'Keefe defeated their team mates Kelly Kulick and Missy Parkin, 482-438, in the championship match off the women's Doubles en route to win first gold medal for the U.S. women's team at the 2103 combined World Championships in Henderson, Nev. It is the fourth gold medal in a World Championship for both players. Nation shot a huge 258 game in the finals and O'Keefe added 224, while Kulick had a 245 and Parkin toppled 193 pins.

2013 World Championships

08/22/13

Venezuela's Marcano sisters average 240 to take the lead in Women's Doubles

Joining the Venezuelans in the top four are teams from the United States, Korea and Sweden

2013WCKarenMarcanoAliciaMarcano2_small.jpgSisters Karen and Alicia Marcano (l-r) averaged 240 on the 39-feet Seoul lane conditioning pattern to lead the first of two squads in Women's Doubles at the World Championships. The multiple Pan American Bowling Confederation champions had games of 478, 470, 451, 452, 526 and 503 to lead the field of 52 doubles in this squad with 2880 total. The Venezuelans needed a big final game as Team USA's Stefanie Nation and Shannon O'Keefe finished mere 40 pins behind in second place with 2840.

2013 World Championships

08/22/13

Bowlingdigital presents a slow motion video of the men's releases, ball motion and pin action

2013WCMensVideo_small.jpg216 men from all over the world qualified for the 2013 Tenpin Bowling World Championships August 16-31, 2013, at 72-lane Strike Zone bowling center inside Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nev., United States. This slow motion video shows players from each of the 36 participating countries. All athletes except the spinners attacked the 33-feet short-oil pattern from the extreme outside line. The Sydney oil pattern plays more like an "old-time gutter shot" which many players don't do very often anymore. To watch the 13-minute video,

2013 World Championships

08/21/13

Team USA's Szczerbinski and Barnes shoot 569 to cruise to the Doubles gold

Americans roll two big games on their way to the title; Silver goes to Finland's Uotila and Palermaa; Janawicz and Fagan (USA), Jehkinen and Salonen (FIN) share bronze; finalists average over 242 in the medal round

2013WCDoublesGoldJohnSzczerbinskiChrisBarnes_small.jpgIn highest scoring medal round ever in the history of WTBA World Championships, John Szczerbinski and Chris Barnes of the United States (l-r) rolled games of 290 and 279 to defeat Squad 2 and overall leaders Pasi Uotila and Osku Palermaa of Finland, 569-473, to cruise to the Men's Doubles gold medal. Finland and USA dominated the Doubles qualifying on the 39-feet Seoul lane conditioning pattern with two teams from each country advancing to the medal round.


2013 World Championships

08/21/13

Team USA's Barnes, Szczerbinski in top qualifying position after Doubles Squad 1

Chris Barnes rolls the fourth perfecto of the Championships and the first 800 series to set the pace in All-Events

2013WCJohnSzczerbinskiChrisBarnes_small.jpgJohn Szczerbinski and Chris Barnes (pictured) averaged 228.25 in the Men's Doubles competition of the World Championships en route to lead the first of two qualifying squads Wednesday morning at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. Barnes, who rolled the fourth 300 game of the Championships and the first 800 series, and Szczerbinski finished with a huge 481 game for 2739 total to take a 62-pin lead over Canada's David Simard and Dan MacLelland, who were second with 2677.

2013 World Championships

08/20/13

Korea's Ryu Seo-Yeon defeats Chinese Taipei's spinners to win Women's Singles title

Ryu wins her third gold medal in a World Championships; Chinese Taipei becomes the first country to win two medals in one event at the 2013 World Championships; Mariana Ayala wins first medal for Puerto Rico since 22 years

2013WCSinglesWomenTop4_small.jpgRyu Seo-Yeon of South Korea defeated two spinners from Chinese Taipei on her way to the gold medal in Women's Singles Tuesday evening at the 2013 combined adult World Championships in the Las Vegas area. In the title match, Ryu defeated Wang Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei, 224-182, to claim her third gold medal in a World Championship. Wang received the silver medal while her compatriot Huang Chiung-Yao and Puerto Rico's Mariana Ayala, who lost in the semifinals, shared the bronze medal.

2013 World Championships

08/20/13

Chinese Taipei spinner Wang Ya-Ting is the early leader in Women's Singles

Top four spots including a fourth-place tie belong to bowlers from the Asian Bowling Federation

2013WCWangYaTing_small.jpg2013WCRyuSeoYeon_small.jpgWang Ya-Ting (l.) of Chinese Taipei, who uses the helicopter-style to deliver the bowling ball, toppled 1335 pins on the short oil pattern, a 222.50 average, Tuesday morning to become the early leader in the Women's Singles competition at the WTBA World Championships in Las Vegas. Wang has a 17-pin cushion over multiple World and Asian champion Ryu Seo-Yeon (r.) of Korea as 107 out of 214 women have completed their six-game qualifying block.

2013 World Championships

08/19/13

Bill O'Neill starts 2013 WTBA World Championships with victory in Men's Singles

Defending champion O'Neill (USA) defeats Bodo Konieczny (GER) to win back-to-back Singles gold; Konieczny receives silver while Martin Larsen (SWE) and Shin Seung-Hyeon (KOR) share the bronze medal

2013WCSinglesMenTop4a_small.jpgIn a match between the two squad leaders, Team USA member Bill O'Neill defeated Bodo Konieczny of Germany, 228-192, to defend his title and to start the 2013 World Tenpin Bowling Association combined adult World Championships with victory in Men's Singles. This is Bill O'Neill's fourth WTBA World Championship gold medal. Konieczny received the silver medal, while Martin Larsen of Sweden and Shin Seung-Hyeon of South Koreaboth received bronze. Action shifts to Women's Singles on Tuesday.

2013 World Championships

08/19/13

Bodo Konieczny sets the pace in Men's Singles at the 2013 Bowling World Championships

German shoots 1368 including the first 300 game of the championships; two Koreans and one Malaysian round out the top four in Squad 1/2; Venezuelan Luis Eduardo Rovaina shoots the second perfecto

2013WCBodoKonieczny3_small.jpg2013WCSeungHyeonShin_small.jpgBodo Konieczny (l.) of Germany rolled the first 300 game of the 2013 combined adult Bowling World Championships en route to take the lead after the first squad in Men's Singles at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. Konieczny, who totaled 1368 (228 average), was followed by Koreans Shin Seung-Hyeon (r.) and Choi Bok-Eum Choi and Malaysia's Timmy Tan. The top 4 at the end of qualifying will advance to the playoffs later this afternoon.

2013 World Championships

08/18/13

2013 World Championships kick off Sunday with the Official Practice

Starting on Monday, 438 players from 44 countries will battle for medals in six events - Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters - in a 12-day competition

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The combined adult World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships run from Aug. 16 thru 31, 2013 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. in the Las Vegas area. The championships get underway on Sunday with the official practice. The 438 players, 216 men and 212 women, from 44 countries were split into two men's and two women's squads. The men's squads start at 9 a.m. and noon and the women take to the lanes at 3 and 6 p.m. PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).

2013 World Championships

08/17/13

Strike Gold Celebrity Challenge helps usher in 2013 World Championships

Pro-am style event benefits Special Olympics

2013WCStrikeGoldSpecialAthletesPRCMEX_small.jpgBowling fans in Nevada had an opportunity Friday at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center in Henderson, Nev., to bowl with the best bowlers in the world in the Strike Gold Celebrity Challenge, a World Tenpin Bowling Association charity event. The event helped usher in the WTBA World Championships and benefitted Special Olympics. The pro-am style event, which featured entertaining impersonators, was open to the public and had two squads with more than one hundred of Special Olympics athletes.

2013 World Championships

08/17/13

Combined Adult World Championships officially declared open

Competition gets underway Monday, Aug. 19, with the Men's Singles event at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center in Henderson, Nev.

2013WSrCHendersonPavilion_small.jpg It was nice and warm (108° F) when 438 players, 216 men and 212 women, from 44 countries marched into the Henderson (Nev.) pavilion to listen to World Tenpin Bowling Association President Kevin Dornberger, who officially declared open the 2013 World Championships Friday evening. Take a look at some of the sights from the opening ceremonies of the 2013 WTBA World Championships.

2013 World Championships

08/15/13

WTBA World Championships set to kick off in Las Vegas area

Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev., United States (Aug. 16-31, 2013)

2013WCLogo_small.jpg For the first time in a decade, men and women will compete concurrently for world titles when the WTBA World Championships get underway next week. A total of 46 countries will compete with 222 men and 212 women making up the field of bowlers seeking world titles at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center. The opening ceremonies will take place Friday night with competition set to get underway Monday. The entire competition will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

Starting Today

08/10/13

Live Coverage of the WTBA World Championships in Las Vegas

First combined World Championships since 2003 to be held at 72-lane Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev., USA from Aug. 18-31, 2013

2013WCLogo_small.jpg The WTBA World Championships will be held from August 16-31, 2013 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center, a 72-laner in Henderson, Nev., in suburban Las Vegas, United States. The World Championships will award medals in six disciplines - Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters. BowlingdigitalBanner_mini.jpg
Bowlingdigital will cover the World Championships live from Las Vegas.

United States

08/01/13

WTBA to conduct Strike Gold Celebrity Challenge in connection with World Championships

Pro-am style event is open to the public and will benefit Special Olympics

2011WTBALogo_small.jpgBowling fans will have an opportunity to bowl with the best bowlers in the world when the Strike Gold Celebrity Challenge takes place Aug. 17 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Henderson, Nev. The event will precede the WTBA World Championships and will benefit Special Olympics. The pro-am style event is open to the public and will have squads at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The event will also feature dozens of Special Olympics athletes.

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