Tommy Jones cracks 1400-bar to overtake the lead in Singles after Squad 2/4


    2014 MWC

    Team USA member shoots 1434 to win the squad by 72 pins; Squad 1 leaders Glenn Morten Pedersen (NOR), Shogo Wada (JPN) and Korea's Shin Seunghyeon and Kang Heewon are still in the hunt for the medals

    2014MWCTommyJones.jpgTeam USA member Tommy Jones averaged 239 in the second of four qualifying squads to overtake lead in the Men's World Championships Singles competition Saturday afternoon at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    The 15-time PBA champion and two-time World Champion (2008 and 2010, both in the Team event) rolled games of 225, 212, 289, 204, 268 and 236 for 1434 to become the first player who cracked the 1400-bar.

    2014MWCSquad2Top4.jpgDefending Team champion Petteri Salonen of Finland was 72 pins behind Jones with 1362 (227 average) but was unable to position himself in the top 4 in the overall qualifying standings and had to settle for sixth place.

    England's Stu Williams, PBA champion and former World Ranking Masters champion, was two pins behind Salonen in seventh place with 1360. 2010 World Champion in Doubles, Martin Paulsson of Sweden was further two pins back in eighth place with 1358.

    L-R Top 4 of Squad 2: Salonen, Paulsson, Jones and Williams.

    2014MWCGlennMortenPedersen2.jpg2014MWCShogoWada.jpgThe top 4 players of Squad 1 slipped just one position but all four are still in the hunt for the medals. Previous leader Glenn Morten Pedersen (left) of Norway sits in second place with 1381 and an average of 230.17.

    Shogo Wada (right) of Japan fell to third place with 1371 (228.50) and Koreans Shin Seunghyeon and Kang Heewon (below left, r-l) are tied for fourth place at 1367 (227.83). The top four players at the end of the qualifying will advance to the medal round on Sunday afternoon.

    2014MWCKangHeewonShinSeunghyeon.jpg2014MWCGeryVerbruggen.jpgIn case of a tie for any significant place (top 4), a one-ball roll-off will be played to break the tie.

    Gery Verbruggen (right) of Belgium, who won the gold medal in Singles at the 1999 World Championships in Abu Dhabi with 1379, was fourth in Squad 2 after three games with 704 (208, 248, 248) but had to settle for 12th place and 24th overall with 1279 (213.17) after finishing with 200, 193 and 182.

    Squad 3 bowlers will bowl their six games this afternoon starting at 18.00 local time (GST). Squad 4 will conclude the qualifying Sunday morning from 9-12.30 after which the field will be cut to the top 4 for the playoffs.

    No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 2 meets No. 3 in a one-game semi-final match. The winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal.

    2014MWCLogo2.jpg 2014WorldBowlingLogo.jpg The 2014 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships will be held from December 4-15 at 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 272 players from 49 countries participate in the event.

    The Championships, hosted by World Bowling Tenpin, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City, is open to all WTBA Member Federations who are currently paid up members of World Bowling and their respective zone (PABCON, ETBF, and ABF).

    Maximum six men per country compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 9-day competition (Dec. 6-14).

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi including reports, photos and results starting with the Singles event all the way through to the Masters finals on Sunday, Dec. 14.

    2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress provides live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. Live Scoring can be found on the official Website and on the website of World Bowling

    2014MWCAtlanta38.jpg 2014MWCTokyo43.jpg In accordance with the World Bowling Tenpin Playing Rules, the 2014 Men's World Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern, the 38 ft. Atlanta pattern and the 43 ft. Tokyo pattern, a medium and a long pattern from the World Bowling bank of patterns.

    The Championships are the fourth World Championships for men only since the world's governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling has decided at the WTBA congress in the year 2003 to split the men's and women's events .

    The 2006 MWC took place in Busan, Korea (on 33 ft. Sydney and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern), and was followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 (on 34 ft. Stockholm and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern) and Munich, Germany in 2010 (38 ft. Atlanta and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern).


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