2008 MWC Bangkok

United States

09/12/08

Walter Ray Williams' worldly feat is the stuff of legends By Matt Fiorito

Republished courtesy of Detroit Free Press - United States (Sep. 11, 2008)

2008MWCMastersWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg A certain swimmer who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games added a new adjective to the sports world's lexicon. I'm sure you've heard of the Phelpsian feat, the new benchmark for incredible achievement. Well, bowling can claim something similar. True, he won only two individual gold medals, but Walter Ray Williams Jr.'s achievements -- at age 48 -- at the recent World Ten Pin Championships in Thailand can be described only as, well, Williamsian. Probably a syllable too many for it to roll off the tongue, but I'm sure you get the idea.

2008 MWC

09/01/08

Williams sweeps Agerbo to win gold in Masters at Men's World Championships 2008

Masters concludes the Men's World Championships 2008 in Thailand

2008MWCMastersTop4_small.jpg Walter Ray Williams Jr., United States defeated Jesper Agerbo, Denmark in three straight games, 3-0, to win the gold medal in the Masters in the Men's World Championships 2008 at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand. The 44-time PBA champion earned his third gold in the championships after Team and Singles gold with back-to-back 256 games and a final 228-224 win. Agerbo received silver while Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Dominic Barrett, England, got bronze.

2008 MWC

08/30/08

Legendary Walter Ray Williams Jr. captures gold medals in Singles at Men's World Championships 2008

SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

2008MWCSinglesGoldWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg Team USA's Walter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured) of Ocala, Fla., added to his legendary career Friday by rallying to defeat Germany's Kai Günther, 213-198, for the singles gold medal at the 2008 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships. Trailing by nine pins entering the 10th frame, Williams doubled and got nine on his fill ball to force Günther to strike on his first ball and get count to take the gold. Instead, the left-handed Günther - who was working on three consecutive strikes - went missed left, leaving the 1-3-6 and sealing the victory for Williams. Francois Sacco, France and Kuwait's Basil Al-Anzi received bronze medals.

2008 MWC

08/29/08

G√ɬľnther, Williams, Sacco, Al-Anzi to bowl for Singles title at Men's World Championships 2008

Bok-Eum, Page, Torgersen win gold, silver and bronze in All Events

2008MWCKaiGunther_small.jpg 2008MWCAllEventsTop3_small.jpg Basil Al-Anzi from Kuwait squeezed in the top 4 in the Singles preliminaries at the Men's World Championships in Thailand in the fifth and final squad. Kai Günther (left), Germany (1317), Walter Ray Williams Jr., United States (1316) and Francois Sacco, France (1310) - secured the top 3 spots. for the one-game semi-finals. Choi Bok-Eum, Korea, and Team USA's Rhino Page and Tore Torgersen, Norway (pictured right) won gold, silver and bronze in All Events. 

Malaysia

08/29/08

Shalin earns her spurs By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Malaysia (Aug. 28, 2008)

20080828ShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli has etched yet another success story in her bowling career by taking up a prominent role in the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA). She is now a member of the WTBA coaching and technical committee, a post rarely given to a female bowler. Last weekend, she attended the first committee meeting in Bangkok to discuss the rules and format and current trends in the world of bowling. She came out of it refreshed and inspired to make changes. The 30-year-old professional bowler also sees her exposure to the coaching set-up of the world body as a first big step towards becoming a calibre coach for Malaysia.

2008 MWC

08/29/08

Ljung cracks Singles top 4 in Squad 4 at Men's World Championships

SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

2007BWCPeterLjung_small.jpg Peter Ljung (left) from Sweden finished his six-game series on the tough long-oil pattern with two big games (224, 237) en route to lead Squad 4 and to jump into fourth place overall in the Singles event at the Men's World Championships in Thailand. The lefty topped the previous fourth seed, Shu Liang-Chen, Chinese Taipei (1283) by 12 pins with 1295 pinfall total and an average of 215.83. The top 3 - Kai Günther, Germany (1317), Walter Ray Williams Jr., United States (1316) and Francois Sacco, France (1310) - remained unchallenged. They have to wait out the final preliminary squad at 1.30 p.m. to see if their scores remain in the top four to qualify for the event semifinals later this evening.

2008 MWC

08/29/08

Germany's G√ɬľnther leads Singles Day One at Men's World Championships

Legendary Walter Ray Williams Jr. is currently second

2008MWCWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg 2008MWCKaiGunther_small.jpg Germany's Kai Günther (l.) took a surprising lead after day one of the Singles event in the Men's World Championships 2008 in Thailand. Günther, who wasn't nominated for the team event, felled 1,317 pins in the first of three squads today, an average of 219.50 over six games, to lead a field of 200 (out of total 330) players. Shaking off an uncharacteristic sub-par week, Team USA's Walter Ray Williams Jr. (r.) of Ocala, Fla., moved into second place with 1,316. Both players will now wait out the final two preliminary squads on Friday to see if their scores remain in the top four to qualify for the semifinals.

2008 MWC

08/27/08

United States beats Korea in roll-off to win gold in the team event at Men's World Championships

SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

2008MWCTeamKorea_small.jpg 2008MWCTeamUSA_small.jpg Team USA won its second consecutive five-player team gold medal at the 2008 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships in a dramatic tiebreaker Wednesday. After the two teams tied in the one-game finals at 1,084, Team USA's Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., defeated Korea's Kim Tae-Young, 49-39, in the one-player, ninth-and-10th frame roll-off.

2008 MWC

08/27/08

Germany in provisional pole position after Squad 2 has finished the Team preliminaries at Men's Worlds

Malaysia, then Mexico break MWC record for one Team game

2008MWCTeamGermany_small.jpg 2008MWCTeamMexico_small.jpg Germany (left) is the surprise leader after the 26 5-player teams of Squad 2 have completed their six-game series in the Team event at the Men's World Championships 2008 in Bangkok. The Germans rolled three consistent games on the short oil pattern to lead Squad 2 after six games with 6145 and an average of 204.83. Colombia was second with 6135, with Malaysia in third at 6130 and Venezuela in fourth 6073. Mexico (right), which set a new championship record for one team game with 1240 by topping Malaysia's 1212 from game #1, had to settle for fifth place with 6069.

2008 MWC

08/26/08

Norway leads team event at Men's Worlds at half way point

Philippines, Germany, Colombia atop Squad 2

2008MWCTeamGermany_small.jpg 2008MWCTeamPhilippines_small.jpg Team Norway leads the five-player team event in the Men's World Championships 2008 after the first 3-game block on the very tough long oil pattern. The Norwegians felled 3198 pins, an average of 213.20.   None of the teams in Squad 2 reached the 3,000 mark (200 average) The Philippines (left) led the way with 2995 (199.67), good for sixth place overall. Germany (right) was second with 2985 and Colombia third with 2979, good for 8th and 9th place. All teams return on Wednesday for the second block on short oil. 

2008 MWC

08/26/08

Norway sets the tone in the first squad of the team event

SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

2008MWCTeamNorway_small.jpg Team Norway (pictured left with coach Mats Karlsson) led the first squad of the five-player team event in the Men's World Championships 2008 Tuesday morning at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand. Per Kristian Eide, Glenn Morten Pedersen, Tore Torgersen, Mads Sandbækken and Petter Hansen posted a 3198 3-game total, an average of 213.20, on the 43-feet long oil pattern what must be one of the toughest patterns ever in the 54-year history of WTBA World Championships. Finland is second, with England in third while United States and Korea are tied for fourth.

2008 MWC

08/25/08

Korea beats Japan to win the gold medal in Trios at Men's World Championships

Both U.S. Trios eliminated in the semifinals

2008MWCTriosSilverJapan_small.jpg 2008MWCTriosGoldKorea_small.jpg L-R Choi Bok-Eum, Kim Tae-Young and Choi Ki-Bong from Korea, seeded first defeated No. 3 seed Japan with Toshihiko Takahashi, Tomokatsu Yamashita and Shota Kawazoe (right) in a one-game match, 723 -553, to earn the gold medal in the Trios competition in the Men's World Championships at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand. In the biggest upset of this championships thus far, both trios from the United States were eliminated in the semi-finals. Japan received silver and the Team USA trios shared the bronze medal.

2008 MWC

08/25/08

Korea leads both trios from USA and Norway before the final squad at Men's World Championship

SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

2008WMCChoiBokEumChoiKiBongKimTaeYoung_small.jpg 2008WMCMadsSandbakkenToreTorgersenPetterHansen_small.jpg Defending champion Korea averaged 234.33 in the second 3-game block on short oil to rocket into the lead of the Trios event at the Men's World Championship in Thailand. Choi Bok-Eum, Choi Ki-Bong and Kim Tae-Young (left) had a 2109 series today for 3833 pinfall total and an average of 212.94. The two trios from the United States sit in second and third place with 3826 and 3787, resp.  A strong finish by Norway propelled Mads Sandbækken, Petter Hansen and Tore Torgersen (right) to fourth place with 3780 (210.00).

2008 MWC

08/25/08

United States set the pace in Squad 1/3 on the final day of Trios at Men's World Championships

SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

2008MWCBillHoffmanPatrickAllenRhinoPage_small.jpg L-R Team USA members Bill Hoffman, Patrick Allen and Rhino Page set the pace in the Trios event at the Men's World Championships in Thailand as they overtook the lead in the Monday morning squad on the short oil pattern. Starting the day in 9th place among 109 trios from 57 countries and fourth in Squad 2, the Americans rolled games of 643, 672 and 706 to move past overnight leader England, Philippines and Japan with 3826 six-game total and an average of 212.56. Qatar is second with 3718, with Mexico third 1899 and overnight leader England fourth 3694. 

2008 MWC

08/25/08

Europeans lead World Championships Trios event after Day One on long oil

SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

  Dominic Barrett, Mike Quarry and Stuart Williams (l.) led the field of 109 trios from 57 countries after the first 3-game block on long oil at the Men's World Championships in Thailand. The Englishmen felled 1955 pins, an average of 217.22. Places two and 3 belong to Finns Mika Koivuniemi, Pasi Uotila and Osku Palermaa (r.) with 1885, while Swedes Tomas Leandersson, Martin Larsen and Robert Andersson sit in third at 1854. Rounding out the top 4 are Filipinos Chester King, Biboy Rivera and Paulo Valdez with 1852. All trios return on Monday for the second block on short oil.

2008 MWC

08/24/08

English Trio moved to the top in Squad 2 at 2006 Men's World Championship

SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

2008MWCDominicBarrettMikeQuarryStuartWilliams_small.jpg 2008MWCChesterKingBiboyRiveraPaoloValdez_small.jpg Dominic Barrett, Mike Quarry and Stuart Williams (left) from England overtook the lead in the Trios event in the Men's World Championships Sunday afternoon at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand. The Englishmen felled 1955 pins on the long pattern, an average of 217.22. Trailing by England by 103 pins to sit in second place iwere Filipinos Chester King, Biboy Rivera and Paulo Valdez (right) with 1852. Squad 1 leader UAE slipped to third place with 1846. Tomoyuki Sasaki, Masaru Ito and Yoshinao Masatoki moved into fourth place behind an 1835 series.

2008 MWC

08/23/08

Gold for Allen and Page, strike out in the 10th frame to beat Sweden by five pins

Silver for Sweden, Bronze goes to Finland and Norway

2008MWCDoublesGoldRhinoPagePatrickAllen_small.jpg 2008MWCDoublesSilverMartinaLarsenTomasLeandersson_small.jpg In the most exciting final since the inception of the single-match elimination finals in WTBA championships and also for the first time on live TV, Patrick Allen (l.) and Rhino Page (r.) from the United States both struck out in the 10th frame to beat defending champion Martin Larsen and team mate Tomas Leandersson, Sweden, 457 to 452 to claim the gold medal in Doubles at the Men's World Championships 2008 in Thailand. The Swedes, who were targeting for the fifth consecutive Doubles title, earned silver, while Finland and Norway received bronze.

2008 MWC

08/22/08

2008 Men's World Championships begin with spectacular Opening Ceremonies

SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 20-31, 2008)

2008MWCOCDancers_small.jpg The Men's World Championships 2008 are officially under way after one of the most colorful opening ceremonies in the history of the sport of tenpin bowling held at the host bowling center, SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday evening. Thailand, the "Land of the Smiles" is not only known for its beautiful numerous sightseeing places and exotic locations but also for its highly refined classical music and dance and for a wide range of folk arts and what a display it was. The program mixed Thailand's ancient history and culture with elements showcasing the modern face of the country.

2008 MWC

08/21/08

Men's World Championship 2008 getting ready for the action

2008MWCOfficialPracticeChrisBarnes_small.jpg 336 of the best amateur bowlers from 57 countries plus some of the most decorated professional bowlers in the world are getting ready for the action at the 2008 Men's World Championship. The official practice started on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. local time with Squad 1. Squads 2 and 3 will follow at noon and 3 p.m. The championships will be officially declared open by Mr. Weerasak Kohsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sport, during the Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 7-9 p.m. this evening. The TTBA announced that all semifinals and the finals will be broadcasted live on Thai TV.

India

08/20/08

Six-member Indian tenpin bowling team named

Republished courtesy of The Hindu - Chennai, India (Aug. 19, 2008)

2008MWCIndia_small.jpg A six-member Indian team to take part in the World Men’s Tenpin Bowling Championships to be held in Bangkok from August 21 to 31 was announced here on Monday, at an Executive Committee Meeting of the Tenpin Bowling Federation (India). Among the six selected are Tamil Nadu’s Rahul Solanki and P. Rajmohan. The World Championships, the first event in a packed calendar for the Indian bowlers, will be followed by the National Tenpin Bowling Team Championships, the AMF World Cup, the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships and the Asian Inter-City Championships.

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