The Finnish men won the first gold medal since 30 years in the Team event 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.
The first combined Championships since 2003 will conclude later this evening with the Award Ceremonies for the Team events and the Victory Banquet.
Finland’s Osku Palermaa, Perttu Jussila, Pasi Uotila, Petteri Salonen, Joonas Jehkinen and Tony Ranta (pictured above,l-r) took revenge for 2010, when the USA defeated Finland 1073-1057 in a come-from-behind victory in Munich, Germany.
The higher-seeded Americans had chosen the 39-feet Seoul lane conditioning pattern for the finals battled it out for the title in a packed Strike Zone bowling center.
The match was close until the seventh frame when the Finns started to pull away. They widened the lead frame-by-frame but didn’t make the mistake to count the Americans out.
John Janawicz, Mike Fagan, Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes (left) all struck in the ninth frame but the Finns rebounded with a strike in the 10th frame to wrap up the title.
Uotila (right), who led his team with a 267 in the semifinal win against the top-seeded Koreans yesterday, was the “man of the match” with 279 and was followed by Salonen (258), Ranta (236), Jussila (206) and Palermaa (204).
Team USA led the men’s medal with three gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Korea was next with one gold, two silver and four bronze medals. Canada (Trios) and Finland shared the remaining gold medals.
The Korean men and women (pictured) led the overall medal tally with five gold medals, four silver and five bronze medals, just one bronze medal ahead of Team USA thanks to an outstanding final day in which the Koreans took swept the gold medals in Masters and also captured the women’s Team title.
The 2014 Men’s World Championships and the 2015 Women’s World Championships will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
2013 World Championships – Men’s Medal Tally
2013 World Championships – Overall Medal Tally
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The World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships ran from Aug. 16 thru 31, 2013 at Sunset Station’s Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. in the Las Vegas area. The Championships awarded medals in six disciplines – Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters.
The entire competition has been broadcast live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV.
World Championships – Men’s Team Finals
1. Finland (Perttu Jussila, Tony Ranta, Petteri Salonen, Pasi Uotila, Osku Palermaa, Joonas Jehkinen), 2284 (2 games)
2. United States (John Janawicz, Mike Fagan, Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes, John Szczerbinski), 2176 (2 games)
3. Korea (Choi Bok-Eum, Cho Young-Seon, Shin Seung-Hyeon, Park Jong-Woo, Kim Jun-Yung, Kim Ju-Young), 976 (1 game)
3. Denmark (Jimmy Mortensen, Frederik Øhrgaard, Mik Stampe, Carsten Warming Hansen, Thomas Larsen, Jesper Agerbo), 973 (1 game)
L-R Seija Lankinen (team manager), Joonas Jehkinen, Petteri Salonen, Osku Palermaa, Tony Ranta, Pasi Uotila and Perttu Jussila.
Semifinal Match 1 (short oil):
No. 4 Jussila (199), Ranta (248), Salonen (199), Uotila (267), Palermaa (188) def.
No. 1 Bok-Eum (181), Young-Seon (203), Seung-Hyeon (176), Jong-Woo (213), Jun-Yung (203), 1101-976
Semifinal Match 2 (long oil):
No. 2 Janawicz (205), Fagan (204), O’Neill (193), Jones (223), Barnes (225) def.
No. 3 Mortensen (198), Øhrgaard (156), Stampe (226), Hansen (191), Larsen (202), 1050-973
Championship Match (long oil):
Jussila (206), Ranta (236), Salonen (258), Uotila (279), Palermaa (204) def.
Janawicz (194), Szczerbinski (192), O’Neill (248), Jones (257), Barnes (235), 1183-1126.
Korean women average 230 to claim the coveted Women’s Team title
Korea’s Cho Young-Seon beats defending champion Chris Barnes in Men’s Masters finale
Son Yun-Hee defeats Kim Moon-Jeong in all-Korean affair to win gold in Women’s Masters
United States, Finland to bowl again for the Men’s Team gold at the World Championships
United States, Korea advance to the gold medal match in Women’s Team event
Korea’s Kim Moon-Jeong, USA’s Chris Barnes earn the No. 1 seed for the Masters finals
Two-time World Champions Ryu, Barnes in pole position after first round of Masters competition
U.S. women earn the No. 1 seed for the Team finals; Shannon O’Keefe claims gold in All-Events
Korean men earn the No. 1 seed for the Team finals; Chris Barnes wins gold in All-Events
Korean women take the lead in five-player Team event and All-Events
Women’s Team Photos from the five-player Team event
Women’s high definition video focusing on the various releases
Venezuelan men average 219 to take the lead as five-player Team event reaches halfway mark
Men’s Team Photos from the five-player Team event
Men’s high definition video focusing on the various releases
Korea comes from behind in dramatic fashion to win gold in Women’s Trios
Canadian women overtake Korea and Sweden to take the lead in Women’s Trios
Canadians Buffa, Lavoie, Girard defeat USA and Korea to win gold in Men’s Trios
Canadians take the lead in Men’s Trios as Squad 2 finishes second round of qualifying
Korea, Chinese Taipei and Singapore continue to lead Women’s Trios event
Asian countries dominate the first squad of the Women’s Trios event
O’Neill, Jones and Barnes hold on to the lead as Men’s Trios event reaches halfway mark
Slow motion video of the women’s players’ releases, ball motion and pin action
Team USA’s O’Neill, Jones and Barnes set the tone in Men’s Trios at World Championships
USA’s Nation/O’Keefe beat team mates Kulick/Parkin to win the gold medal in Women’s Doubles
Venezuela’s Marcano sisters average 240 to take the lead in Women’s Doubles
Slow motion video of the men’s players’ releases, ball motion and pin action
Team USA’s Szczerbinski and Barnes shoot 569 to cruise to the Doubles gold
Team USA’s Barnes, Szczerbinski in top qualifying position after Doubles Squad 1
Korea’s Ryu Seo-Yeon defeats Chinese Taipei’s spinners to win Women’s Singles title
Chinese Taipei spinner Wang Ya-Ting is the early leader in Women’s Singles
Bill O’Neill starts 2013 WTBA World Championships with victory in Men’s Singles
Bodo Konieczny sets the pace in Men’s Singles at the 2013 Bowling World Championships
2013 World Championships kick off Sunday with the Official Practice
Strike Gold Celebrity Challenge helps usher in 2013 World Championships
Photos from World Championships opening ceremony