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2014 Men's World Championships


Bulletin No. 2 for the 2014 Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi (UAE) is out

As of Sept. 23, 24 countries have registered for the Championships Dec. 4-15 in Abu Dhabi, UAE; championship registration and hotel registration deadlines are Oct. 1; a long and a medium pattern will be used for the Championships

2014MWCLogo_small.jpg The World Tenpin Bowling Association has released Bulletin No. 2 for the 2014 Men's World Championships giving an update on visa information, championship registration and hotel registration deadlines (Oct. 1, 2014). The Championships, hosted by WTBA, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City, will be held December 4-15 at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. BowlingdigitalLogo_mini.jpgBowlingdigital will report live from Abu Dhabi.

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World Tenpin Bowling Association releases Bulletin No. 1 for 2014 Men's World Championships

Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE (December 4-15, 2014)

2011WTBALogo_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association has invited all member federations to participate in the 2014 Men's World Championships December 4-15, 2014, at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The championships 2014 will be hosted by WTBA, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City. Maximum six men per country will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All Events and Masters in the 9-day competition.



2014 Men's World Championships change dates again

Championships shift to December 4-15 at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE

2011WTBALogo_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association has announced that the sport's governing body has to change the dates again for the 2014 Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As the Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi moved close to the planned dates of the MWC, which were recently scheduled for November 8-19, the championships are now supposed to be held from December 4-15 at Khalifa International Bowling Center, the host center of the 1999 World Championships.



Israel announces Team for the 2014 Men's World Championship in Abu Dhabi

2014ISRTeamfor2014MWC_small.jpgThe Israel Bowling Federation has announced the six-player team for the 2014 Men's World Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Israeli Team Trials concluded Saturday, February 1, at the bowling center of Petach Tikva. The 2014 Men's World Championships will be held from November 8-19 at 40-lane Khalifa Bowling Stadium in Zayed Sports City. In the past, Israeli players were denied a visa by the UAE, and thus prevented Israel from playing at the 1999 Worlds.

USBC Coaching


USBC Coaching makes impact at WTBA World Championships


The global reach of the USBC Coaching Certification and Development department was on full display at the recent WTBA World Championships. The prestigious event, which took place Aug. 16-30 in Henderson, Nev., not only featured the sport of bowling's top players but also its top coaches. There were 24 active USBC certified coaches helping guide the world's best bowlers from 46 countries.

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2013 combined WTBA World Championships comes to a close with Victory Banquet

2013WCLogo_small.jpg The 2013 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships came to a close Friday evening, August 30, with the victory banquet which started with the award ceremonies of the men's and women's five-player team events. 428 players, 216 men and 212 women, from 44 countries participated in the first combined adult World Championships since 2003. Medals were awarded in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters. To view the photos of the team medalists

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Finland shoots big game to win the gold medal in the Men's Team event

Finnish five some defeat three-time defending champion USA, 1183-1126, in a re-match of the 2010 Men's World Championships; USA gets silver, Korea and Denmark share the bronze; Championships conclude later this evening with the Award Ceremonies for the Team events and the Victory Banquet

2013WCMensTeamGoldFinland_small.jpgPerttu Jussila, Tony Ranta, Petteri Salonen, Pasi Uotila and Osku Palermaa won the first gold medal since 30 years in the men's team event for Finland when they defeated three-time defending champion United States, 1183-1126, in a re-match of the 2010 Men's World Championships. With the Finnish victory in the prestigious five-player Team event competition in the 2013 combined adult WTBA World Championships concluded at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev.

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Korean women average 230 to claim the coveted Women's Team title

Korea beats defending champion United States, 1159-992, to win the first ever Team gold for Korea; USA takes silver, Malaysia and Venezuela share bronze


Korea's Ryu Seo-Yeon, Lee Na-Young, Kim Moon-Jeong, Jung Da-Wun and Son Yun-Hee (pictured), who made the finals in fourth place, defeated the top-seeded U.S. women Stefanie Nation, Missy Parkin, Shannon O'Keefe, Kelly Kulick and Liz Johnson, 1159-992, to win the coveted gold medal in the Women's Team event. It is third women's team gold medal for Korea at World Championships after 1999 and 2009 and the fourth gold medal in this championships by the Korean women (fifth overall).



Korea's Cho Young-Seon beats defending champion Chris Barnes in Men's Masters finale

Korea sweeps the gold medals in Masters; Young-Seon and women's Masters champion Son-Yun Hee become the first couple to accomplish the feat; Barnes gets the silver medal, Koreans Shin Seung-Hyeon, Kim Jun-Yung share the bronze medal


In a championship medal match between the top seeded players, Cho Young-Seon (l.) defeated defending champion and No. 1 seed, Chris Barnes, United States, 254-195, to win the gold medal in Men's Masters at the 2013 WTBA World Championships. Young-Seon followed in the footprints of his wife Son Yun-Hee (r.), which gave Korea a sweep of the gold medals Masters and made Yun-Hee and Young-Seon the first couple in WTBA history which has won the Masters gold medals.

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Son Yun-Hee defeats Kim Moon-Jeong in all-Korean affair to win gold in Women's Masters

Ryu Seo-Yeon, Korea, and Team USA's Liz Johnson share the bronze medal

2013WCRyuKimJohnsonSon_small.jpgIn an all-Korean championship match, Son Yun-Hee (r.) defeated Kim Moon-Jeong, 211-193, to win the gold medal in Women's Masters at the World Championships. Yun-Hee, the No. 3 seed, never trailed in the title match on dual lane condition and sealed the victory with a nine-count in the 10th frame. In the semifinals, Moon-Jeong defeated Ryu Seo-Yeon of Korea, 208-180, and Yun-Hee topped Team USA's Liz Johnson, 232-213. Moon-Jeong received the silver medal, Ryu and Johnson shared bronze.

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Team USA and Finland to bowl again for the Men's Team gold at the World Championships

Defending champion USA meet the Finns in a re-match of the 2010 World Championships finals

2013WCMensTeamUSA2_small.jpg2013WCMensTeamFIN_small.jpg In 2010, the Team USA men won the third consecutive team gold medal, defeating Finland 1073 to 1057 in dramatic fashion at the Men's World  Championships in Munich, Germany. On Thursday evening, The United States (l.) defeated Denmark, 1050-973, and Finland (r.) topped Korea, 1101-976, in the semifinals at the 2013 World Championships in Henderson, Nev., to set up a re-match for the team gold medal on Friday.

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United States and Korea advance to the gold medal match in Women's Team event

The championship match starts Friday at 12.45 p.m. PDT live on's BowlTV

2013WCWomensTeamUSA2_small.jpg2013WCWomensTeamKOR_small.jpgThe United States (l.) and their rivals from South Korea (r.) won their semifinal matches at the WTBA World Championships and will face each other in Friday's gold medal match starting at 12.45 p.m. PDT. The U.S. women defeated Venezuela, 1014-921, while Korea ousted Malaysia, 1065-966.

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Korea's Kim Moon-Jeong, USA's Chris Barnes earn the No. 1 seed for the Masters finals

Kim, her team mates Son Yun-Hee, Ryu Seo-Yeon and Liz Johnson (USA) advance to the women's semifinals; Barnes will be joined in the men's medal round by Koreans Cho Young-Seon, Shin Seung-Hyeon and Kim Jun-Yung

2013WCChrisBarnes_small.jpg2013WCKimMoonJeong2_small.jpgKim Moon-Jeong (l.) of Korea and Team USA's Chris Barnes (r.) led the women's and men's round robin match play round en route to earn the No. 1 seed for Friday's medals round of the World Championships Masters event. Kim will meet her compatriot Ryu Seo-Yeon in the semifinals, while Liz Johnson, United States, takes on the third Korean, Son Yun-Hee. Barnes bowls Kim Jun-Yung and Cho Young-Seon meets Shin Seung-Hyeon, all Korea.

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Two-time World Champions Ryu, Barnes in pole position after first round of Masters competition

2013WCRyuSeoYeon_small.jpg2013WCChrisBarnes_small.jpgRyu Seo-Yeon (l.) of Korea and Chris Barnes (r.), United States, are in the pole position after the first round of the Masters competition at the WTBA World Championships as the field of 24 women and 24 men was cut to the top eight. Four-time World Champion Ryu leaped from fourth place to first in the women's division behind the field-best 1423 series, while five-time Wiorld Champion Barnes had no problems to maintain his lead in the men's division.

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U.S. women shoot World Championship record to take the top seed in the Team finals

Semifinals feature USA vs. Venezuela and Malaysia vs. Korea matches; Shannon O'Keefe (USA) claims gold in All-Events, Son Yun-Hee (KOR) takes silver and Diana Zavjalova (LAT) gets bronze

2013WCWomensTeamUSA2_small.jpgThe U.S women's team (l.) posted a new championship record for three games en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round of the five-player team event Wednesday evening at the World Championships. Joining the defending champion in the semifinals on Thursday evening are Malaysia, Korea and Venezuela. Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe claimed the gold medal in in All Events with Korea's Son Yun-Hee taking silver and Diana Zavjalova of Latvia getting bronze.

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Korean men earn the No. 1 seed for the Team finals; Chris Barnes wins gold in All-Events

Chris Barnes wins gold in All-Events, Cho Young-Seon gets silver and Bill O'Neill takes bronze; Hareb Al Mansoori and Ricardo Lecuona roll the 9th and 10th 300 game of the championships; Mexico sets a new championship record for one team game (1309)


The Korean men (pictured left) led the qualifying en route to earn the No. seed 1 for the five-player Team finals at the WTBA World Championships at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. In the semifinals on Thursday afternoon, the Koreans will bowl No. 4 seeded Finland while the United States, seeded second, take on No. 3 seed Denmark. Chris Barnes, USA, won the gold medal in All-Events. Korea's Cho Young-Seon took silver and Bill O'Neill got bronze.

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Korean women take the lead in five-player Team event and All-Events

Korea leads Venezuela, Malaysia and Canada after three games on short oil; two-time gold medalist Ryu Seo-Yeon overtakes lead in All-Events heading into the last three-game block on long oil

2013WCWomensTeamKOR_small.jpg Singles and Trios gold medalist Ryu Seo-Yeon led her team mates Lee Na-Young, Kim Moon-Jeong, Baek Seung-Ja and Son Yun-Hee (pictured) to a 3156 three game total, an average of 210.40, en route to overtake the pole position in the hunt for the coveted gold medal in the women's five-player team event. The Koreans led second-place Venezuela (3089) by 67 pins. Malaysia was in third place with 3041 followed by Canada in fourth place with 3039.

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Team Photos from the Women's five-player Team event

2013WCLogo_small.jpgThe 36 countries, who have qualified for the women's division of the WTBA Bowling World Championships, will battle it out for the medals in the most prestigious discipline of the championships, the five-player Team event. The top four teams after the six-game qualifying portion, three games on short oil on Tuesday and three games on long oil on Wednesday, will advance to the medal round. The semifinals will be contested on Thursday starting at 5 p.m. PDT and the finals are slated for Friday at 12.45 p.m.

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Bowlingdigital presents a women's high definition video focusing on the various releases

2013WCWomensVideo2_small.jpg presents its third video from the 2013 WTBA Bowling World Championships at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. This video focuses on the hand position and ball release of the female bowlers and the various styles and different lines played by the bowlers from 36 countries. The high definition video was recorded in high shutter speed recording, which is suitable for recording a fast-moving object. To watch the 13:30 minute video

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Venezuelan men average 219 to take the lead as five-player Team event reaches halfway mark

Hong Kong, Denmark and Korea sit in second thru fourth place after the first block on short oil; three-time defending World Champion United States is in sixth place, just 34 pins off the pace for the Medal Round; Germany's Achim Grabowski rolls the 8th 300 game of the Championships

2013WCMensTeamVEN_small.jpgEddy Fuentes, Luis Eduardo Rovaina, Richard Leon, Ildemaro Ruiz and Amleto Monacelli (pictured) of Venezuela averaged 219.13 on the short pattern to take the lead as the men's five-player team event has reached its halfway mark. The five some had games of 1103, 1108 and 1076 for 3287 total. Second place belonged to Hong Kong with 3266. Denmark is third with 3220 and Korea fourth with with 3206. The top four after qualifying will advance to the medal round.

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