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Sweden’s Hellstrøm, Paulsson take over lead in Men’s World Singles Championships

2016WSCPeterHellstromPeter Hellstrøm and Martin Paulsson of Sweden averaged over 240 in the second qualifying round of men’s World Singles Championships to move to the top of the 81-player leaderboard Tuesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

Starting the day in 11th place behind an 895 first-round series Sunday, Hellstrøm rolled games of 223, 255, 279 and 234 in squad 2 on Tuesday morning for the field-best 991 series, an average of 247.75, to take the lead with 1886 total and an overall average of 235.75 for eight games.

Hellstrøm (right) also received the daily high series award of $300, paid by the Qatar Bowling Federation.

2016WSCMartinPaulssonPaulsson (left), who won gold in doubles with Mathias Årup at the 2010 Men’s World Championships in Munich, Germany, was just 13 pins behind his teammate in squad 2 on Tuesday morning with 978, including games of 235, 277, 188 and 278 to jump from 19th to second place with 1838 (229.75).

2016WSCJohnJanawiczMultiple Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) champion John Janawicz (right), United States, who led squad 1 on Monday afternoon, slipped to third place overall with 1791 (223.88). Janawicz added 876 to his 915 first-round series to leap four spots.

2016WSCMatsMaggiMats Maggi of Belgium finished squad 1 with games of 277 and 253 to earn Monday’s daily high series award of $300 (pictured with former world champion Ahmed Shaheen of the Qatar Bowling Federation, left) with 922 (230.50), Maggi leapfrogged from 28th to fourth place with 1772 (221.50).

2016WSCAnnopArromsaranonAnnop Arromsaranon (right) of Thailand was the best bowler of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) in fifth place with 1765 (220.63) behind a 901 second block.

2016WSCTomasVrabec3First round leader Tomas Vrabec of Slovakia had a rough day and fell to 30th place with 1666 total (208.25). Vrabec, who led the 81 players from 47 countries after the first block with 953 managed only 713 in the second block behind games of 208, 172. 179 and 154.

Heading into the last qualifying block, Vrabec is just 15 pins above the cut line. Rodolfo Madriz of Costa Rica holds the 32nd and last place to advance with 1651 and an average of 206.38.

The 81 men will return to the lanes on Wednesday at 11 a.m. (A squad) and 2.30 p.m. (B squad) Arabia Standard Time (AST) for the final four-game block on the 40 foot Athens oiling pattern. The squads will be rearranged, so the top male bowlers will be assigned to squad B.

2016WSCLogoThe 2016 World Singles Championships will be held Dec. 2-9 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Up to two men and two women from each member federation of World Bowling are eligible to compete in the second edition of the event. Each player must have reached the age of 15 years on January 1, 2016.

The Championships drew 134 players from 50 countries, including 81 men from 47 countries and 53 women from 33 countries.

After four days of qualifying featuring three four-game blocks, the top 32 players of each gender will advance. Men and women will be split into four groups according to the following bracket: Group A (1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 24, 25, 32); Group B (2, 7, 10, 15, 18, 23, 26, 31); Group C (3, 6, 11, 14, 19, 22, 27, 30); and Group D (4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28, 29).

Each qualifying group shall bowl eight qualifying games. Each player in the qualifying group shall bowl against every other player in the group every game. Points shall be awarded on the following basis: The highest scoring player in each game shall be awarded 7 points, the second highest scoring shall be awarded 6 points, the third highest 5 points etc. down to the eighth highest, who will receive 0 points.

The top 2 from the point standing of each group will advance to play eight games in one group with a system as specified above.

The top 4 advance to the semifinals (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3), with the higher ranked players having the choice of the starting lane. The losers of both one-game matches will receive bronze medals.

The semifinal winners will determine the champion in a final one-game match. The winner of this match will receive a gold medal and the loser a silver medal.

The men’s gold medalist will receive US$8,000, the silver medalist will earn US$6,000 and the bronze medalists will take home US$3,000 apiece. The women’s gold medalist will receive US$6,000, the silver medalist will get US$4,000 and the bronze medalists will earn US$3,000 each. The prizes will be paid by the Qatar Bowling Federation which also offer daily high series awards, $300 for men and $200 for women.

For more details including the latest schedule, click here.

The World Singles Championships will be held every four years. The inaugural WSC was held at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus (Sept. 18-26, 2012) and drew 128 players from 44 countries, 71 men from 40 countries and 57 women from 33 countries.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 115 member federations within three geographical zones. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

Photos courtesy of Terrance Yaw, Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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