Strong finish propels Japan, Korea, Sweden into the top 4 in Doubles at World Championships


    2014 MWC Abu Dhabi

    Finland's Kimmo Lehtonen & Joonas Jehkinen survive a strong charge by the Squad 3 leaders; hold on to lead with Squad 4 to conclude the Doubles preliminaries on Tuesday morning

     Japan's Daisuke Yoshida and Shusaku Asato, Korea's Shin Seunghyeon and Kang Heewon, and Sweden's Daniel Fransson and Martin Larsen finished Squad 3 with some big scores to move into the top 4 in the Doubles preliminaries of the Men's World Championships Monday evening at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    L-R Kang Heewon, Shin Seunghyeon, Daisuke Yoshida, Shusaku Asato, Martin Larsen and Daniel Fransson. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    2014MWCJoonasJehkinenKimmoLehtonen.jpg2014MWCDaisukeYoshidaShusakuAsato.jpgThe Japanese bowlers, who started with four games between 462 and 482 before they suffered a 397 fifth game, needed a 456 last game to overtake Kimmo Lehtonen and Joonas Jehkinen of Finland (pictured right, r-l), who held the lead since Squad 1 with 2729 six-game total and an average of 227.42, by one pin.

    Lefty Yoshida finished with 249 and 1457, the highest series in the Championships so far. Anchor Asato had the chance to tie the Finns with a strike on his last ball but managed six pins only to take second place with 2725 (227.08).

    2014MWCKangHeewonShinSeunghyeon2.jpg2014MWCMartinLarsenDanielFransson.JPGThe Koreans needed to average 260 in the last game to tie Finland for the lead but managed "only" 254 (Seunghyeon 253, Heewon 255) to leap into third place with 2717 (226.42).

    The Swedes (+197) needed 532 to tie Finland or to beat Korea or Colombia's Fabio Garcia and Jaime Gonzales, who were tied with the Koreans after five games (both +209) and to beat USA's Bill O'Neill and Mike Fagan, who were next to the Finns with 2667.

    Fransson, who had the front eight before a 10-pin in the ninth ended his bid for perfection, finished with 269 and Larsen struck out for 222 to help grab fourth place with 2688 (224.00) as the Colombians fell behind due to a 376 last game.

    The top 4 have to sit and wait until the teams of Squad 4 have completed their six-game preliminaries on the 38 ft. Atlanta pattern on Tuesday morning starting at 9.00 GST after which the field will be cut to the top 4 who advance to the medal round slated to begin at 13.30.

    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.

    2014MWCKimmoLehtonen.jpg2014MWCDanMacLelland.jpgWith the 201 of 272 bowlers from 49 countries having completed 12 of 24 games in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams), Kimmo Lehtonen (left) remained in the driver's seat with 2780 total and an average of 231.67.

    World Champion in Singles, Dan MacLelland (right) of Canada, is 26 pins behind in second place with 2754 (229.50). Four bowlers of Squad 3 positioned themselves in places 3 to 6.

    Thanks to his 1457 series, Daisuke Yoshida moved into third place with 2745 (228.75). Martin Larsen added 1352 to his 1389 series in Singles to sit in fourth place with 2741 (228.42). Kang Heewon and Shin Seunghyeon took over fifth and sixth place with 2734 (227.83) and 2717 (226.42), resp.

    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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