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Team USA’s Chris Via wins qualifying at Men’s World Singles Championships

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2016WSCChrisVia2Chris Via, United States, averaged 244.25 in the final four-game block Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha to leap seven spots and to win the qualifying at the men’s World Singles Championships.

Starting the day in 8th place with 1742, the two-hander (pictured right) fired games of 266, 236, 248 and 227 for 977 and 2719 total, an overall average of 226.58 over twelve games.

Via leads the top 32 out of 83 players from 47 countries into Thursday’s group finals. As the No. 1 seed, Via will be seeded atop Group A.

2016WSCPeterHellstromPeter Hellstrøm (left) of Sweden, who led the field after two blocks with 1886, finished qualifying with back-to-back games under 200 (194, 183) for 830 to fall three pins behind the American to second place with 2716 (226.33). Hellstrøm is the head of Group B.

2016WSCJohnJanawicz2Via’s teammate, John Janawicz (right) posted a 906 series, including four games between 212 and 235, to remain in third place with 2697 (224.75). The multiple PABCON and USBC Open Championships winner is the top seed in Group C.

Pictured above are the top three qualifiers in the Men’s World Singles Championships. From left, Peter Hellstrøm, Chris Via and John Janawicz.

2016WSCAnnopArromsaranonThere was a bigger gap between third and fourth place. Annop Arromsaranon (left) of Thailand was the best bowler of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) in fourth place with 2642 (220.17). Annop, who will lead Group D, rolled an 877 series to easily overtake Belgium’s Mats Maggi, who fell from fourth to 30th place due to a 706 set today.

2016WSCRafiqIsmailRafiq Ismail (right) of Malaysia, Finland’s Joonas Jähi and Martin Paulsson of Sweden finished qualifying in a three-way tie for fifth place at 2636 (219.67). Paulsson and his compatriot Hellstrøm were the only bowlers from squad 2 in the top 10.

2016WBTThailandYannaphonLarpapharatFilipino Raoul Miranda and Yannaphon Larpapharat (left) of Thailand were tied for 8th place at 2624 (218.67). Rounding out the top 10 was Frank Drevenstedt of Germany with 2615 (217.92).

The 83-player field was split into two squads, 1 and 2, for the first two blocks of four games. After the conclusion of the second block, the squads were rearranged, so the top male bowlers were assigned to B squad.

2016WSCAnzeGrabrijanThree players of A squad bowled their way into the group finals.

QubicaAMF World Cup semi-finalist Anže Grabrijan (left) of Slovenia used a 945 series to leap from 51st to 23 place with 2516 (209.67).

2016WSCIlyaOrlovIlya Orlov (right) of Kazakhstan toppled 910 pins in the third round to climb from 45th to 25th place with 2513 (209.42).

2016WSCMostafaAlmousawi2Starting the day in 59th place and 136 pins below the cut line, Mostafa Almousawi of Kuwait posted games of 290, 242, 230 and 235 for the field-best 997 series (249.25 avg.) to rocket into 26th place with 2512 (209.33).

Almousawi also received the daily high series award of $300 (pictured left), paid by the Qatar Bowling Federation.

2016WSCJesperAgerboJesper Agerbo (right) of Denmark, who won three gold medals at the European Championships this year, hit the cutoff number for 32nd place with 2470 (205.83). The top 32 men will return to Qatar Bowling Center on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

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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2016 World Singles Championships – Men’s Qualifying after Block 3

Top 32 advance and 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).

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