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Chris Barnes wins men’s title in 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

After qualifying for the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup for the first time in his illustrious career, PBA star Chris Barnes swept his two opponents in the stepladder finals to win the men’s title in the 50th anniversary edition of the prestigious event Sunday, Nov. 9 at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

2014BWCMagnusJohnson3.jpgThe six-time World Champion and 17-PBA titlist (pictured above with the trophy), who finally had won the Team USA Trials in January to earn berth into the World Cup after finishing second in the qualifier for five times. He matched the performance of his wife Lynda, who won the 41st World Cup in Llubljana, Slovenia, in 2005, making them the first husband-wife duo that has won the World Cup.

2014BWCMykhayloKalika3.jpgEarlier on Sunday, the 40-year-old right-hander defeated Sweden’s representative, Magnus Johnson (right), 257-213, in the position round match to overtake the 21-year-old Swedish youth national team member and to claim the No. 3 seed for the stepladder finals in best-of-three games format.

In the semifinal match against No. 2 seed, Mykhaylo Kalika (left) of Ukraine, Barnes won the first game by eleven nine pins, 215-205, then reeled off twelve consecutive strikes in the second game for a 300-219 win to advance to the title match, two-games-to-none.

2014BWCChrisBarnes6.jpgIt was the fourth perfecto of the event and the 71st overall in the 50-year history of the event. Barnes is seventh U.S. bowler (six men, one woman) who achieved perfection at the World Cup. Kalika rolled his first perfecto in Wroclaw two years ago and his second in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, last year.

The first game of the championship match against top-seeded Tobias Börding (right with Barnes), Germany, was a strike fest. Börding, who has led the event from the first day averaging almost 240 for 36 games, scored nine strikes and converted three single-pin spares. Barnes, however, had even ten strikes and only two single-pin spares to take a 1-0 lead, 265-248.

2014BWCChrisBarnes4.jpgThe second game was close throughout eight frames. Working on a double, Börding, who held a slim lead, left a 10-pin standing in the ninth frame which opened the door for Barnes. The PBA star struck in his 9th and 10th frame to force Börding to throw two strikes in his last frame which would have force Barnes to throw another strike to win.

Börding got away with the first strike but when he got another 10-pin on his second shot the match was over. Barnes won the game, 231-216, and the match 2-0, to capture his first and maybe last World Cup title.

BowlingdigitalBanner.gif2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpgBowlingdigital.com covered the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup live from Wroclaw including reports, photos and results after each round. The event was broadcast live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV.

2014BWCLogo.jpgThe preliminaries consisted of four blocks of five games with the top 24 men and the top 24 women after 20 games advancing to the intermediate round. Those 24 players bowled further 8 games with the pinfall total from the preliminaries being carried forward.

The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 28 games bowled a further seven games round robin match play plus one game position round (total 8 games) with 30 pins bonus per win and 15 for a tie.

The top 3 men and the top 3 women after 36 games including bonus pins determined the champions in the stepladder finals in best-of-three games format.

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50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Finals

Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland (November 9, 2014)

Championship Round:
1. Chris Barnes, United States, 1015 (4 games)
2. Tobias Börding, Germany, 464 (2 games)
3. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, 423 (2 games)

Playoff Results (best-of-three games):
Semifinal Match: No. 3 Barnes def. No. 2 Kalika, 2-0
(215-204, 300-219)
Championship: Barnes def. No. 1 Börding, 2-0
(269-248, 231-216).

50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men Division Final Standings

1. Chris Barnes, United States
2. Tobias Börding, Germany
3. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine
4. Magnus Johnson Jr. Sweden
5. Biboy Rivera, Philippines
6. Glen Loader, Australia
7. Manuel Otalora, Colombia
8. Oron Cohen, Israel
9. Juhani Tonteri, Finland
10. Steve Thornton, England
11. Arturs Levikins, Latvia
12. Romeo Gagenoiu, Romania
13. Naif Oqab, UAE
14. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia
15. Michael Schmidt, Canada
16. Tommaso Radi, Italy
17. Alexei Parshukov, Russia
18. Him Chung, Hong Kong
19. Mohamed Janahi, Bahrain
20. Dhruv Sarda, India
21. Bader Al-Shaikh, Saudi Arabia
22. Adam Shrubb, Gibraltar
23. Lukas Andrassy, Slovakia
24. Eric Kok, Netherlands
25. Dmitri Chilkine, Belarus
26. Neil Sullivan, Malta
27. Isi Eskenazi, Mexico
28. Pavlos Kechagias, Greece
29. Gergely Kapronczay, Hungary
30. Jozko Hlede, Slovenia
31. Ilya Orlov, Kazakhstan
32. David Manderscheid, Luxembourg
33. Magnus Magnusson, Iceland
34. Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica
35. Olari Nebokat, Estonia
36. Jaris Goh, Singapore
37. Yousef Al Jabir, Qatar
38. Thibault Lanos, France
39. Jason Waters, New Zealand
40. Elkhan Feyzullayev, Azerbaijan
41. Mark McQueen, Scotland
42. Artur Colomer, Catalonia
43. Renan Zoghaib, Brazil
44. Kestutis Gudauskas, Lithuania
45. Jean Francisco Perez, Puerto Rico
46. Clement Dubus, Belgium
47. Lorenzo Quereda Ferre, Spain
48. Choi Io Fai, Macau
49. Radoslav Tenchev, Bulgaria
50. Jiri Beran, Czech Republic
51. Tore Rokkones, Norway
52. Harn-Chieh Kwan, Switzerland
53. Giancarlo Matteucci, El Salvador
54. Michal Brachaniec, Poland
55. Vedran Vedris, Croatia
56. Leonardo Davis, Bahamas
57. Taygun Erkeskin, Turkey
58. Aidan Byrne, Ireland
59. Aureliu Grosu, Moldova
60. Lyndon Walters, Wales
61. Alexis Moreno, Panama
62. Frederic Barre, Reunion
63. Alan Smith, Northern Ireland
64. Ronnie Matthee, South Africa
65. Askar Egamberdiev, Uzbekistan
66. Mohammad Al-Masri, Jordan
67. Belay Habtom, Eritrea
(tie) Nathan Jarvis, Jersey
69. Steeve Thia, Mauritius
70. Renalda Bean, Bermuda
71. Boris Capelli, New Caledonia
72. William Rodriguez, Uruguay
73. Marc Du, French Guiana
74. Oleg Ten, Kyrgyzstan
75. Seyed Hamidreza, Iran
76. Khaled Meziou, Tunisia
77. Baatar Shar, Mongolia
78. Shant Panos Tomassian, Iraq
79. Shema Mehmeti, Kosovo
80. Redha El Fezzani, Libya
81. Pedro Toste, Azores
82. Getachew Syoum Aberha, Ethiopia

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Author: Herbert Bickel
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