Chinese spinner Wang Hongbo
retained the lead in the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup as the field was cut to the top 24 men Thursday afternoon at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.
Pictured above are the top 4 players of B squad at 52nd World Cup. From left to right, Wang Hongbo (1st), Yan Korshak (3rd), Martin Larsen (2nd), Sam Cooley (4th).
Hongbo rebounded from a 157 opening game in B squad this morning with 227, 212, 212 and 219 to lead the field from 81 countries with 4247 and an average of 212.35.
Martin Larsen (left with Yan Korshak, left), who was just one pin behind Hongbo after 15 games, took the lead after game 16 with 182 but fell behind after the Chinese another 182 in the next game. He finished with 225, 202 and 210 for 1001 maintain second place with 4220.
Petteri Salonen of Finland posted the lone 1100-series on Thursday to lead A squad en route to leap from seventh to third place with 4177. The long-time Finnish national team member, whose break-through came in the 2005 European Championships in Russia, where he won five out of six gold medals, had games of 248, 229, 240, 200 and 193 for an 1110 series.
Yan Korshak of Russia, who led the field in the first two rounds, remained in fourth place with 4163. Sam Cooley (left), who won the China International Open in this bowling center last week, slipped from third to fifth place with 4154 due to a 964 series.
2016 Asian Championships masters champion Rafig Ismail (right) of Malaysia narrowed the gap to the top 4 to 51 pins behind a 1010 effort today. Ismail retained sixth place with 4112.
Marshall Kent (left), United States, who was second in A squad, slipped two spots to seventh place with 4107. The Team USA member won the World Bowling Tour’s 8th Kingdom International Open Masters in 2014 for his lone PBA title.
Anže Grabrijan (right) of Slovenia and Michael Mak of Hong Kong changed the position. Grabrijan used a 1041 series to overtake the three-time Asian Championships gold medalist by 39 pins, 4096 to 4057.
Rounding out the top 10 was Mahmood Al Attar of the United Arab Emirates, who posted the fourth-highest 1079 including a high game of 255, to leap seven spots with 4056 total.
Raoul Miranda (1092), Philippines, and 2014 World Cup runner-up Tobias Börding (left; 4010) of Germany had the second and third-highest series to move into the top 24. Börding is 16th with 4010 and was followed by Miranda in 17th place with 3999.
Despite finishing the last five-game block with 204, 193, 161, 168 and 155 (881), Emmanuel Buenrostro of Mexico hit the cutoff number for 24th place with 3932 or an average of 196.60.
The 57 bowlers in positions 25 to 81 were eliminated. The top 24 will return to Hao’s Bowling on Friday at 12.30 p.m. China Standard Time (CST) for another eight games before the second cut to the top 8.
The 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
will be held from October 14-23 at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.
Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Shanghai including reports, photos and results after each round. The United States Bowling Congress will provide live streaming on BowlTV.
Split into A and B squad in each division, men and women, all competitors will bowl 20 qualifying games over four days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 28-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).
The top 4 players with highest 36-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs, which will be staged on a specially constructed two-lane arena in the Luwan Sports Complex which is also where Hao’s Bowling is located. This will be covered by live streaming on BowlTV and local Chinese live streaming through Ali Sports.
There will be a one-game knockout match with the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 versus No. 3. The winners of each match will earn a spot in the championship game.
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