Korea, Sweden, USA, Australia to bowl for the prestigious Team title


    2014 MWC

    Korea's Choi Bokeum captures his second gold medal of the Men's World Championships in All-Events; Mike Fagan (USA) takes silver and Dan MacLelland (CAN) bronze

    2014MWCTeamKorea.jpgThe five-men teams from Korea, Sweden, the United States and Australia finished the six-game preliminaries at the Men's World Championships atop the leaderboard and will battle it out for the prestigious Team title in the medal round Saturday evening at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    Korea with Doubles gold medalists Park Jongwoo and Choi Bokeum and their teammates Hong Haesol (replaced Kang Heewon), Shin Seunghyeon and Kim Kyungmin (pictured left) bowled outstanding in the second block on medium oil (38 ft. Atlanta pattern) to earn the No. seed for finals.

    The Koreans bowled three consistently high games of 1196, 1180 and 1187 for 3563 (237.53) to break their own three-game Championship record by two pins and to shred the six-game record by 299 pins with 6917 and an average of 230.57.

    2014MWCTeamSweden.jpg2014MWCTeamUSA.jpgSweden's Robert Andersson, Martin Paulsson, Joachim Karlsson, Jesper Svensson and Martin Larsen (left) maintained second place with 6783 and an average of 226.10. Sweden, World Champion in 1999 here in Abu Dhabi and 2003 in Malaysia, is eagerly waiting for a medal in the Team event since.

    Team USA's Mike Fagan, Chris Barnes, Marshall Kent, Bill O'Neill (replaced Marshall Kent) and Tommy Jones (right) leaped three spots into third place with 6685 (222.83).

    2014MWCTeamAustralia.jpg2014MWCTeamNorway.jpgAustralia with David Porto, Jayden Leming (replaced Paul White), Brendan Meads, Sam Cooley and Jason Belmonte (left) rolled the second-highest 3451 (230.07) block to jump from 10th to fourth place to grab the last spot for the medal round with 6660 (222.00).

    Norwegians Bj√łrn Einar Rudshagen, Glenn Morten Pedersen, Svein √Öke Ek, Mads Sandb√¶kken and Tore Torgersen (right) missed the cut by mere 32 pins finishing fifth on 6628 (220.93). Anchor Tore Torgersen had the field best 778 series including back-to-back 266 games.

    2014MWCTeamMalaysia.jpg2014MWCTeamFinland.jpgMalaysians Adrian Ang, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Syafiq Ridhwan (replaced Alex Liew), Timmy Tan and Ahmad Muaz Fishol (left) of Malaysia slipped out of the top 4 in the last game to end up in sixth place with 6618 (220.60).

    Defending Team World Champions Kimmo Lehtonen, Juhani Tonteri, Osku Palermaa, Petteri Salonen and Joonas Jehkinen (right) of Finland, who led the 44 countries after the first block on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern) with 3381 total (225.40), managed only 3177 (211.80) to slip all the way out of the medals to seventh place with 6558 (218.60).

    No. 1 Korea will bowl No. 4 Australia and No. 2 Sweden meets No. 3 USA in a one-game semi-final match. The winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal. The higher seeded team will chose the lane conditioning pattern for each match.

    2014MWCAllEventsGoldChoiBokeum2.jpg2014MWCAllEventsTop3.jpgKorean lefty Choi Bokeum (pictured left; right center) rolled games of 259, 267 and 248 for 774 to cruise to the gold medal in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) with 5603, an average of 233.46, just three pins short off the record set by Chris Barnes (USA) last year.

    Barnes' team mate Mike Fagan (left) closed out his set with a big 267 game to beat out Dan MacLelland (right) of Canada for the silver medal by 20 pins, 5510 to 5490. Singles champion MacLelland took the bronze medal.

    The top 24 in All-Events advance to the Championships-ending Masters competition on Sunday, December 14, starting at 9.00 GST. Martin Paulsson of Sweden took the 24th and last spot with 5237 or an average of 218.21.

    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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