USA, Denmark, Korea, Australia to bowl for the Trios title Thursday evening


    2014 MWC Abu Dhabi

    Americans Fagan, Kent, Rash set e new Championship record to lead the top 4 of 86 trios into the medal round; Squad 1 leader Denmark misses top spot by three pins in second place; Korea's Choi Bokeum takes the lead in All-Events after 18 of 24 games

    2014MWCTriosHansenOhrgaardLarsen.jpgThe United States, Denmark, Korea and Australia will bowl for the medals in the Trios event of the Men's World Championships Thursday evening at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    Starting in the last qualifying squad on Thursday, Carsten Warming Hansen, Frederik √ėhrgaard and Thomas Larsen (pictured left, l-r) of Denmark, knew they needed a 1987 series in the second block on medium oil (38 ft. Atlanta pattern) or a 220.78 average to stay atop the leaderboard.

    2014MWCTriosFaganKentRash.jpgThe Danes, who led the field of 86 trios after first block on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern) with 2158 or an average of 239.78 posted games of 689, 664 and 630 (1983) to finish the preliminaries in second place, just three pins short of the lead with 4141 total and an average of 230.06.

    √ėhrgaard led his team with 745 today including a 290 game and 1463 for six games. Hansen had 1380 and Larsen added 1298.

    Team USA's Mike Fagan, Marshall Kent and Sean Rash (right, l-r) set a new Championship record in the morning squad with 4144 total and average of 230.22 (previous record was 4101 set by their team mates Bill O'Neill, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes in 2013) on the way to the No. 1 seed.

    2014MWCTriosCooleyBelmontePorto.jpg2014MWCTriosHongKimPark.jpgThe Americans will bowl No. 4 seed Australia in the semi-finals. Sam Cooley, Jason Belmonte and David Porto (pictured left, l-r) hit 4000 on the nose in Squad 3, an average of 222.22, to take the fourth and last place to advance.

    The Danes will take on Korea's Hong Haesol, Kim Kyungmin and Park Jongwoo (right, l-r), who finished in third place with 4062 or an average of 225.67.

    The field of 86 trios was cut to the top four for the medal round starting this evening at 19.15 with the semifinals (to be held simultaneously on lanes 7-8 and 11-12). 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 (on lanes 9-10) while the losers share the bronze medal.

    As the higher seeded teams in their respective semifinals, U.S. head coach Rod Ross and Danish coach Michael Bai will decide on which pattern their teams will bowl, either on the long or on the medium pattern.

    2014MWCChoiBokeum.jpg2014MWCMikeFagan.jpgWith his 717 series today, Doubles gold medalist Choi Bokeum (left) took the lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) after 18 out of 24 games with 4174 total and an average of 231.89.

    Mike Fagan (right) is mere five pins behind with 4169 (231.61) with team mate Tommy Jones in third position on 4118.

    Just outside the top 3 is Martin Larsen in fourth place with 4113 (228.50), while Singles champion Dan MacLelland of Canada sits in fifth place with 4101 (227.83).

    The top 3 after 24 games will earn the medals in All-Events while the top 24 will advance to the Championships-ending Masters competition on Sunday, December 14.

    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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