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Or Aviram wins first-ever Bowling World Cup for Israel


2013BWCGuyCaminsky5.jpg2013BWCOrAviram6.jpgOr Aviram became the first Israeli bowler to win a Bowling World Cup title when he defeated Guy Caminsky of South Africa, two-games-to-one, in the men’s title match of the 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Saturday afternoon at Sharovaya Molniya bowling center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.

Aviram (pictured left), who had a career-high finish of second (2005; Ljubljana, Slovenia), defeated Alexei Parshukov of the host country Russia, in the best-of-three games format in two games, 213-171 and 220-205, for the right to bowl tournament leader Caminsky (right) for the title.

The first game was a strike fest in which Aviram emerged the winner, 279-245. Caminsky, who had a high finish of fifth in the 2000 BWC in Lisbon, Portugal, rebounded with a 277-214 win in game two to level the match and to force a decider.

Aviram, who won the European Champions Cup in 2006 for his biggest individual title so far, posted another big game while the South African struggled to win the game and the match, 258-182.

2013BWCAlexeiParshukov5.jpg2013BWCTeamUSATopCountry.jpgEarlier today, Caminsky defeated Parshukov (left) in round robin match play in the position round (game 40), 212-200, to beat out the Russian for the top spot in the stepladder finals by one pin, 9732 to 9731. Aviram was further 16 pins behind to take the third and last spot with 9715.

John Szczerbinski, United States, missed the cut by 58 pins with 9657 finishing fourth like his team mate Danielle McEwan in the women’s division. With two fourth places, the USA has won the Bent Petersen trophy for top country in the 49th World Cup (pictured L-R McEwan, Team USA Head Coach Rod Ross and Szczerbisnki).

Peter Hellström of Sweden, who has led the men’s division after each qualifying round and the Round of 24, slipped all the way out of the top 3 in Round Robin to finish fifth with 9637.

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Photos by Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler (pictured right).

2013BWCLogo.jpgThe 2013 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup was held from November 15-24 at Sharovaya Molniya bowling center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.

The 49th edition of the World Cup drew 138 players, 74 men and 64 women, from 76 countries, the lowest number of participating countries since Kobe, Japan in the year 1998 (68 countries).

On the high-scoring lane condition, 13 bowlers including the newly crowned champions (below left) rolled record sixteen 300 games, 13 by men (2 – Tore Torgersen, Norway; Or Aviram, Israel; Christopher Sloan, Ireland; 1 – Kestutis Gudauskas, Lithuania; Alex de Vries, Netherlands; Derek Lee, Macau; Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine; Mats Maggi, Belgium; Nino Stenko, Slovenia; and Joel Tan, Singapore) and three by women (Caroline Lagrange, Canada; Maria Lourdes Arles, Philippines; and Roosa Lundén, Finland).

2013BWCLucasWiseman.jpg2013BWCChampionsOrAiramCarolineLagrange.jpgThe event featured a long qualifying format as all players bowled four six-game blocks over four days. The field was then cut to the top 24 men and top 24 women for eight additional games to determine the top eight for round-robin match play. After eight games of match play, the top three men and top three women advanced to the stepladder finals.

BowlTV provided live streaming of the entire World Cup from start to finish. To review all videos commented by Lucas Wiseman (pictured right), scroll down or click here.

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49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Stepladder Finals

Sharovaya Molniya Bowling Center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia (Nov. 15-24, 2013)

Championship Round:
1. Or Aviram, Israel, 1184 (5 games)
2. Guy Caminsky, South Africa, 704 (3 games)
3. Alexei Parshukov, Russia, 376 (2 games)

L-R: Caminsky, Aviram and Parshukov.

Playoff Results:
Semifinal: No. 3 Aviram (213, 220) def. No. 2 Parshukov (171, 205), 2-0
Championship: Aviram (279, 214, 258) def. No. 1 Caminsky (245, 277, 182), 2-1.

Men’s Division – Round of 8 Results

The top 3 after 40 games advance to the stepladder finals.

Herbert Bickel

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