Finland, Sweden lead five-player Team event after the first block on long oil


    2014 MWC

    Squad 1 leader Korea slips to third place with Malaysia in fourth; Canadian Dan MacLelland regains lead in All-Events

    2014MWCTeamFinland.jpgLong-time Scandinavian rivals Finland and Sweden battled for a bragging right that is no laughing matter at Bowling World Championships, the lead in the prestigious five-player Team event.

    Defending Team World Champions Kimmo Lehtonen, Juhani Tonteri, Osku Palermaa, Petteri Salonen and Joonas Jehkinen of Finland (pictured left) had games of 1145, 1131 and 1105 on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern) in the second squad to take the overall lead with 3381 total and an average of 225.40.

    2014MWCTeamSweden.jpgTwo-hander Palermaa led the team with 709 and was followed by Salonen (679), Lehtonen (676), Jehkinen (661) and Tonteri (656).

    Finland has won a medal in the Team event in each of the three previous Men's World Championships, bronze in 2006 (Busan, KOR) and 2008 (Bangkok, THA), and silver in 2010 (Munich, GER), and claimed the gold at the 2013 combined World Championships in 2014 (Las Vegas, USA).

    Sweden's Robert Andersson, Martin Paulsson, Joachim Karlsson, Jesper Svensson and Martin Larsen (right), who led after two games with 2289 (1130, 1159) finished mere 19 pins behind Finland in second place with 3362 (224.13) behind a 1073 last game.

    2014MWCTeamKorea.jpg Sweden, World Champion in 1999 here in Abu Dhabi and 2003 in Malaysia, is eagerly waiting for a medal in the Team event since.

    Squad 1 leader Korea with Doubles gold medalists Park Jongwoo and Choi Bokeum and their teammates Kang Heewon, Shin Seunghyeon and Kim Kyungmin (left) slipped to third place with 3354 (223.60).

    The Koreans improved every game, posting scores 1023, 1088 and 1243 to lead Squad 1 on Friday morning at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE, by 93 pins.

    2014MWCTeamMalaysia.jpg2014MWCTeamPuertoRico.jpgPuerto Rico, Team champion at the Central American & Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico last month moved into fifth place with 3285 (219.00). Francisco Valiente and CACG Masters and Doubles champion (with Cristian Azcona) Jean Francisco Perez carried the team with 726 and 717, respectively. Azcona had 648, Michael Fonseca added 600 and Luis Rodriguez contributed 594.

    Adrian Ang, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Alex Liew, Timmy Tan and Ahmad Muaz Fishol (right) of Malaysia overtook fifth place with 3264 (217.60).

    2014MWCTeamUSA.jpg2014MWCTeamCanada.jpgTeam USA's Mike Fagan, Chris Barnes, Marshall Kent, Bill O'Neill and Tommy Jones (left), who second after the first squad, slipped to sixth place with 3261 and an average of 217.40.

    Canada with Singles champion Dan MacLelland, David Simard, Jonathan Simoneau, Ray Vervynck and Francois Lavoie (left) moved into seventh place with 3228 (215.20).

    2014MWCTeamNorway.jpg 2014MWCTeamEngland.jpgNorway featuring Bj√łrn Einar Rudshagen, Glenn Morten Pedersen, Svein √Öke Ek, Mads Sandb√¶kken and Tore Torgersen (left) took over eighth place with 3224 (214.93).

    England's John Wells, Dom Barrett, Matt Miller, Matt Chamberlain and Stu Williams (right) leaped into ninth place with 3218 (214.53).

    Australia with David Porto, Paul White, Brendan Meads, Sam Cooley and Jason Belmonte (below left) fell seven spots to round out the top 10 after the first day of qualifying with 3209 and an average of 213.93.

    2014MWCTeamAustralia.jpgThe 28 teams will return on Saturday for the second block on short oil (38 ft. Atlanta) at 13.30 Gulf Standard Time (GST). All other teams and bowlers will bowl their second block in the morning squad starting at 8.30.

    The top 4 teams after six games preliminaries will advance to the medal round beginning at 18.30. 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.

    Dan MacLelland used a 734 series today to regain the lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) after 21 of 24 games with 4835 and an average of 230.24.

    Choi Bokeum slipped to second place with 4829 and an average of 229.95. Mike Fagan is third with 4798 (228.48). The top 3 after 24 games will earn the medals in All-Events with the top 24 advancing 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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