Gold for Allen and Page, strike out in the 10th frame to beat Sweden by five pins

    08/23/08

    2008 MWC

    Silver for Sweden, Bronze goes to Finland and Norway

    2008MWCDoublesGoldRhinoPagePatrickAllen.jpg In the most exciting final since the inception of the single-match elimination finals in WTBA championships and also for the first time on live TV, Patrick Allen (l.) and Rhino Page (r.) from the United States both struck out in the 10th frame to beat defending champion Martin Larsen and team mate Tomas Leandersson, Sweden, 457 to 452 to claim the gold medal in Doubles at the Men's World Championships 2008 in Thailand.

    The Swedes carried the momentum from the strong finish in the preliminaries and the hard-fought victory in the semifinal into the title match. Leandersson started with a four-bagger while Larsen had two doubles in the first five frames to take 15 pin lead over the Americans.

    2008MWCDoublesSilverMartinaLarsenTomasLeandersson.jpg Allen, the 2005 PBA Player of the Year, who had either a strike or a 9-spare in the title match, had a turkey in frames 2 to 4, while Page, the 2007-08 PBA Tour Rookie of the Year, started with a double and then alternated spares and strikes until the 10th frame.

    After a spare in his 5th frame, Leandersson (on the right), who had already won the doubles gold twice in his career, rolled another turkey in frames 6 to 8. Larsen (left) suffered a huge split in frame 6, which resulted in the sole open frame in the match, but rebounded with a double in frames 7 and 8 to widen the lead to 29 pins as the PBA couldn't doubles in frames 5 to 8.

    The Swedes, both working on two strikes, had a chance to shut the door in the 9th frame but none of them managed to strike. Leandersson even left a 2-4-10 split but spared with great style.

    2008MWCDoublesBronzePasiUotilaPetteriSalonen.jpg Allen struck in frame nine but page only spared again as in all but the first frame on the right lane. The only chance to win for the Americans was to strike out and to hope that neither Leandersson nor Larsen managed a double.

    Pictured left to right: Pasi Uotila and Petteri Salonen, Finland.

    Allen started the thriller when he went off the sheet for 236, but despite 9-spare-7, Leandersson beat him by four pins, 242. Page struck in the 10th frame as on all of his previous shots on the left lane, but Larsen countered with a strike on the right lane, where he had three strikes and the split before.

    Page struck again on his second ball forcing Larsen to do the same, which would practically have sealed the win for the Swedes. A wobbling 4-pin that refused to fall sealed the fate of the defending champion, who finished with 210.

    Needing a six-count, Page got up and struck for 219 and a 457-452 victory.

    2008MWCDoublesBronzeMadsSandbakkenToreTorgersen.jpg We and the packed house at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand, say thank you to the delegates of the 2007 WTBA Congress in Monterrey, Mexico, who changed the WTBA legislation last August and allowed professional bowlers to compete at World Championships. What a great show.

    Pictured left to right: Mads Sandbækken and Tore Torgersen, Norway.

    2008MWCDoublesAwardCeremony.jpg What makes it even better is that the match was taped and broadcasted live on national TV, which can also be seen in some of the neighbor States.

    The Americans, seeded No. 1, topped No. 4 Mads Sandbækken and Tore Torgersen, Norway in the semis, 453-399, while the Swedes, seeded third edged No. 2 Petteri Salonen and Pasi Uotila, Finland, in another nail biter, 467-463. The Swedes, who were targeting for the fifth consecutive Doubles title, earned silver, while Finland and Norway received bronze.

    Men's World Championships 2008 - Doubles Final


    SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 23, 2008)

     Championship Round:
    1. Patrick Allen and Rhino Page, United States
    2. Tomas Leandersson and Martin Larsen, Sweden
    3. Petteri Salonen and Pasi Uotila, Finland
    (tie) Mads Sandbækken and Tore Torgersen, Norway

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal 1: No. 1 Allen (238/Page (215) def. No. 4 Sandbækken (225)/Torgersen (174), 453-399
    Semifinal 2: No. 3 Leandersson (242)/Larsen (225) def. No. 2 Salonen (236)/Uotila (227), 467-463
    Championship: No. 1 Allen (238)/Page (219) def. No. 3 Leandersson (242)/Larsen (210).

    Back row from left to right: Sandbækken, Torgersen, Uotila and Salonen. Front row from left to right: Larsen, Leandersson, Allen and Page. Click on the image to enlarge it.


    10th Frame of the Title Match and Press Conference





    USA, Finland, Sweden, Norway to bowl for the Doubles title at Men's World Championship


    2008MWCTomasLeanderssonTimMackMartinLarsen_small.jpg 2008MWCMadsSandbakkenMatsKarlssonToreTorgersen_small.jpg The top two duos, Patrick Allen and Rhino Page from the United States and Petteri Salonen and Pasi Uotila from Finland, remained unchallenged in the fifth and final squad en route to take the No. 1 and No. 2 seed for the single-game elimination finals in the 2nd Men's World Championships in Thailand. Sweden's Tomas Leandersson and defending champion Martin Larsen (left, with assistant coach Tim Mack) and Norwegians Mads Sandbækken and Tore Torgersen (right, with coach Mats Karlsson) fired 524 and 452 in the final game to beat out Mexicans Enrique Calvo and Alejandro Cruz for third and fourth place by 21 and 8 pins, resp.

    Squad 1 Results
    Squad 2 Results
    Combined Standings after Squad 2
    Squad 3 Results
    Combined Standings after Squad 3
    Squad 4 Results
    Combined Standings after Squad 4
    Squad 5 Results
    Final Standings after Squad 5
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    No changes atop the Doubles leaderboard in Squad 4 at Men's World Championships


    2008MWCRhiniPagePatrickAllen.jpg There were no changes among the top 8 teams after the fourth and penultimate squad has concluded its six-game prelims in the Doubles competition of Men's World Championships 2008 Saturday morning at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand.

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    L-R Rhino Page and Patrick Allen, United States, continue to lead the field of 130 doubles with 2857 six-game total and an average of 238.08. Pasi Uotila/Petteri Salonen (right, l-r), Finland, remained second with 2817, followed by Alejandro Cruz/Enrique Calvo, Mexico with 2718 and Squad 1 leaders Choi Ki-Bong/Kim Tae-Young, Korea, with 2715 (226.25).

    2008MWCBillHoffmanTommyJones.jpg
    2006 MWC Team champion Bill Hoffman and Tommy Jones (left, l-r), the 2006 PBA Player Player of the Year, lead Squad 4 with 2648 pinfall total, an average of 220.67, but had to settle for 9th place with the final squad to go. Jones led the team with 1346, the second-highest block of the squad (Frederick Ong, Philippines led with 1367), and Hoffman added 1302.

    Following the Americans was one duo from Asia and one from Europe. Hussain Al Suwaidi, bronze medalist in All Events at the Asian Championships and Nayef Eqab were second with 2647 (10 overall), with Thomas Larsen and Frederik Ohrgaard, Denmark, in third at 2626 (13th overall).

    2008MWCMartinLarsenTomasLeandersson.jpg 2008MWCMikaKoivuniemiOskuPalermaa.jpg
    Among the duos of the fifth and final squad targeting to overtake one of the top 4 spots, who will earn berth into the semifinals, are defending champion Martin Larsen, Sweden, who bowls with multiple world and European champion Tomas Leandersson (left, l-r), as well as their Scandinavian rivals from Finland, 8-time PBA champion Mika Koivuniemi, the PBA Player of the Year 2004, and two-hander Osku Palermaa (right, l-r), the reigning European ranking champion.

    The top 4 duos after this squad will advance to the semifinals. No. 1 will meet No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in single-game matches. The winners bowl for the title, while the losers will share bronze. According to the host federation the Thai tenpin Bowling Congress (TTBA), semifinals and finals will be broadcasted live on Thai TV.



    Uotila/Salonen and Cruz/Calvo move into second and third in Doubles at Men's World Championships


    2008MWCRhiniPagePatrickAllen.jpg Two duos, Pasi Uotila and Petteri Salonen from Finland and Alejandro Cruz and Enrique Calvo from Mexico, cracked the top 4 in the Doubles competition of the Men's World Championships Friday evening at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

    2008MWCPasiUotilaPetteriSalonen.jpg
    Team USA's Rhino Page and Patrick Allen (pictured left, l-r) held on to the lead with 2857 six-game total and an average of 238.08.

    Uotila/Salonen (pictured right) led the third of five squads en route to overtake the second place in the overall standings with 2817 and an average of 234.75.

    Uotila (l.) posted the highest individual series of the championships thus far to lead the 201 players having completed the Doubles event with 1456, an average of 242.67 over six games. Salonen (r.) contributed 1361 pins, good for 13th place in All Events.

    2008MWCAlejandroCruzEnriqueCalvo.jpg
    Cruz (left) rolled the third-highest block with 1438 (Allen is sandwiched between Uotila and Cruz with 1446) and Calvo (right) added 1280 to jump into third place overall with 2718 (226.50).

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    Squad 1 leaders Choi Ki-Bong and Kim Tae-Young (on the right, l-r), Korea, slipped to fourth with 2715 (226.25).

    Qataris Abdulla Al Qattan and Saeed Al Hajri missed the top 4 by 27 pins to sit in fifth position with 2688 (224.00).

    Defending champion Robert Andersson, Sweden, did not bowl with his partner from the MWC 2006, Martin Larsen, but with Tobias Karlsson. The decision was made by head coach Tomas Leandersson, who will bowl with Larsen on Saturday.

    "I made this decision because a doubles champion has never defended the title and … it's on short, not on long oil (like in Korea)", Leandersson said. With the final two squads to go, Andersson/Karlsson hold the 12th place with 2607 (217.25).

    If Leandersson and Larsen would win the title, it would be Leandersson's third gold medal in Doubles at a World Championship.

    The Swedes are trying to extend a winning streak of four consecutive titles in this discipline. Leandersson captured the title with Raymond Jansson (1995 in Reno, NV, United States) and Anders Öhman (2003 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), while Patrick Backe/Martin Blixt (1999 in Abu Dhabi, UAE) and Andersson/Larsen (2006 in Busan, Korea) won the others.

    The last non-Swedish Doubles champions were Team USA's Pat Healey and Steve Kloempken 1991 in Singapore. Healey is here in Bangkok as well, this time as the head coach of the Kuwait national team.

    Squad 4 is scheduled for Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and the fifth and final squad will follow at 1.30 p.m.

    The top 4 duos will advance to the semifinals. No. 1 will meet No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in single-game matches. The winners bowl for the title, while the losers will share bronze. According to the host federation the Thai tenpin Bowling Congress (TTBA), semifinals and finals will be broadcasted live on Thai TV.


    Allen and Page power their way into the lead in Doubles at Men's World Championships

    2008MWCRhiniPagePatrickAllen.jpg L-R Team USA members Rhino Page and Patrick Allen powered their way into the lead in the Men's World Championship Doubles competition after two out of five squads having completed their six games on the short oil pattern.

    The lefties felled 2857 pins, an average of 238.08 per game. Allen, the 2005 PBA Player of the Year, led the way with 1456 six-game total and an average of 241.00, the highest series of the championships thus far, with Page, the 2007-08 PBA Tour Rookie of the Year, close behind at 1411 (235.17), which places him currently in fourth position in All Events.

    2008MWCChoiKiBongKimTaeYoung.jpg
    The Americans outaveraged Squad 1 leaders Choi Ki-Bong and Kim Tae-Young (l-r) by almost 12 pins. The Koreans slipped to second place with 2715 pinfall total and an average of 226.25.

    Mahmood Ahmad Al Attar and Shaker Ali Al Hassan, who led Squad 2 after four games finished with a sub-par 385 game to miss the second place by 32 pins. The Arabs averaged 223.58 for the round to sit in third place with 2683 pinfall.

    2008MWCSteveThorntonMikeQuarry.jpg
    England's Mike Quarry and Steve Thornton (r-l) had a slow start into the event (1232 over the first three games) but finished with 1448 to land in fourth place with 2680 (223.33).

    Marco Garcia and Marco Martinez of Mexico were a distant fourth in Squad 2 with 2584 (215.33), good for fifth place in the overall standings.

    2008WalterRayWilliamsChrisBarnes.jpg Squad 2 runner-ups, six-time PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. and reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (l-r), fell to sixth place with 2551 (212.58).

    Squad 3 will conclude the first day of competition while squads 4 and 5 will take on the lanes on Saturday.

    The top 4 duos will advance to the semifinals. No. 1 will meet No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in single-game matches. The winners bowl for the title, while the losers will share bronze. According to the host, semifinals and finals will be broadcasted live on Thai TV.


    Koreans Ki-Bong and Tae-Young set the pace in Doubles at Men's World Championships


    2008MWCChoiKiBongKimTaeYoung.jpg L-R Asian Singles champion Choi Ki-Bong teamed with Kim Tae-Young to take the early lead in the Doubles event at the Men's World Championships in Thailand. The Koreans finished their six-game block on short oil with games of 492 and 470 for 2715 pinfall total and an average of 226.25.

    2008WalterRayWilliamsChrisBarnes.jpg PBA super stars Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (r-l) who led the group of 33 doubles after three games, slipped to second place with 2551 (212.58).

    Japan's Tomoyuki Sasaki and Yoshinao Masatoki beat out Finland's Lasse Lintilä and Petri Mannonen for third place, 2538 to 2533.

    Squads 2 and 3 will bowl at 12.30 and 5 p.m. today while squads 4 and 5 will take on the lanes on Saturday.

    The top 4 duos will advance to the semifinals. No. 1 will meet No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in single-game matches. The winners bowl for the title, while the losers will share bronze. According to the host, semifinals and finals will be broadcasted live on Thai TV.