Korea leads both trios from USA and Norway before the final squad at Men's World Championship

    08/25/08

    2008 MWC

    SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

    2008WMCChoiBokEumChoiKiBongKimTaeYoung.jpg Defending champion Korea averaged 234.33 in the second 3-game block on short oil to rocket into the lead of the Trios event at the Men's World Championship in Thailand.

    Choi Bok-Eum (left), the only player from the Korean national team 2006 and winner of the silver medal in Trios, Asian Singles champion Choi Ki-Bong (center) and Kim Tae-Young (right) started the day in 13th place in Squad 3 and 33rd among the 109 trios from 57 countries behind a 1724 series on long oil, an average of 191.56. Bok-Eum (748), Ki-Bong (705) and Tae-Young (656) added 2109 today for 3833 pinfall total and an average of 212.94.

    2008MWCWalterRayWilliamsChrisBarnesTommyJones.jpg Squad 2 leader United States with Bill Hoffman, Patrick Allen and Rhino Page slipped one spot to second place with 3826 (212.56).

    Third place belonged to the other U.S. trio featuring (pictured right, from the left) six-time PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones, 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year. The trio added a solid 1947 series to the 1840 from yesterday to check in with 3787 pinfall total (210.39).

    2008WMCMadsSandbakkenToreTorgersenPetterHansen.jpg A strong finish by Norway propelled Mads Sandbækken, Petter Hansen and Tore Torgersen (l-r) to fourth place with 3780 (210.00). Sandbækken, a former World Youth Masters champion and reigning European Masters champion posted the 762 high series improving on a 564 in the first block.

    Sweden's Robert Andersson, Tomas Leandersson and Martin Larsen, who were in third place after the first block slipped all the way out of the medals to fifth place with 3732 despite an 1878 series on short oil.

    Finland with 2004 PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi, Pasi Uotila and Osku Palermaa had a disastrous start into day two (539) and fell from second to 10th place with 3700.

    The final squad 1 concludes the preliminaries. Only the leader, UAE, has averaged over 200 yesterday (1846; 205.11). All other trios must average over 220 and beat out the Arabs to make the cut to the show.

    Only the top four trios after the preliminaries advance to the semifinals scheduled to start at 7.30 this evening. In the semis, the No. 1 seed will meet No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in one-game matches with the winners meeting in the one-game title match immediately following. The semifinal losers will each receive bronze medals.

    According to the host federation, the Thai Tenpin Bowling Association (TTBA), the semifinals and finals will be broadcasted live on national TV. Perhaps due to the exciting Doubles finals, the TV will extend the broadcasting time tonight and the semifinals will not be contested concurrently as scheduled. This means that the championship match might not finish before Midnight.

    Squad 1 Results (3 games)
    Squad 2 Results (3 games)
    Combined Standings after Squad 2 (3 games)
    Squad 3 Results (3 games)
    Combined Standings after the first block on long oil (3 games)
    All Events after 9 games

    Squad 2 Results (6 games)
    Squad 3 Results (6 games)
    Combined Standings after Squad 2 and 3 (6 games)