Michael Schmidt continues to lead men' division in QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup; Anders Öhman tosses second perfecto

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Michael_Schmidt_5605.jpg First day leader Michael Schmidt of Canada continued to lead in the men's division of the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after squads A and B have completed the second of four six-game blocks. Schmidt felled 2872 pins and averaged of 239,33 over 12 games. Last year's runner-up Petter Hansen of Norway is second at 2801, with Gery Verbruggen of Belgium in third at 2769.

    2005WCAndersOhman2.jpg Swede Anders Öhman has found something on the second day of qualifying in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The 3-time World Champion (Malaysia, 2003) was 51st of 83 players after the first six-game block with a 188-average.

    "Yesterday was a disaster", said Swedish national coach Magnus Johnson (pictured on the right). "I haven't seen him playing so bad for years. But how he came back today shows that he is really a world class bowler."

    The 37-year-old right-hander started his second block with a 224-game then tossed the second 300-game of the tournament and the 29th in the World Cup history. He connected for another 10 strikes in a row in game three before a 4-pin spoiled his bid for back-to-back 300-games. "Linus" spared and struck on the fill ball for 289. However, his 813-series is far from being a World Cup record for three games.

    Three years ago at the 38th AMF Bowling World Cup in Riga Latvia, Paul Trotter of Australia electrified the crowd at Toss Bowling Center on the first day of competition when he started his first series with a 300-game. Trotter then connected for another eleven strikes before he left the 2-8 combination for 298. The Aussie nearly copied the second game in his third when started again with eleven strikes in a row. This time Trotter left the 7-10 split on his fill ball for another 298 and an unbelievable 896, three-game series.

    Öhman, who is the only player now with a 300-game in an FIQ Masters and the World Cup, finished with games of 237, 238 and 248 and a 1536 pinfall total, an average of 256 for six games to rocket from 51st to fourth place with 2664.

    "I played the right spot today. I went a little to the left and played the second arrow," said Öhman afterwards. In addition, the Swede was wearing his own shirt and slacks, after his luggage finally arrived in Ljubljana. On the first day he wore a shirt from the organizers and some slacks from Norwegian coach Erik Garder. It seems as if he feels more comfortable in own clothes.

    Nikita Koshelev of Russia leaped one spot into fifth with 2654, while Tyrone Ongpauco jumped from 14th to sixth with 2637. Steve Thornton, who shot the first perfecto yesterday remained seventh with 2632. Rounding out the top 8 is Leonidas Maragos of Greece, who leaped 26 spots behind a 1422-series today.

    The men are done for today and will return on Wednesday at 3 p.m. (Squad B) and 7 p.m. (Squad A) for the third block of six games.


    Men Round 2

    A and B Squad after 12 games
    Players with position, country, 12-game total (block 1-2) and average

    1. Michael Schmidt, CAN, 2872 (1413-1459), 239,33
    2. Petter Hansen, NOR, 2801 (1356-1445), 233,42
    3. Gery Verbruggen, BEL, 2769 (1327-1442), 230,75
    4. Anders Öhman, SWE, 2664 (1128-1536), 222,00
    5. Nikita Koshelev, RUS, 2654 (1344-1310), 221,17
    6. Tyrone Ongpauco, PHI, 2637 (1274-1363), 219,75
    7. Steve Thornton, ENG, 2632 (1342-1290), 219,33
    8. Leonidas Maragos, GRE, 2627 (1205-1422), 218,92
    9. Nayef Oqab, UAE, 2616 (1349-1267), 218,00
    10. Arturo Hernandez, VEN, 2575 (1276-1299), 214,58
    11. Dominic Lim Zhong, SIN, 2574 (1365-1209), 214,50
    12. Or Aviram, ISR, 2572 (1271-1301), 214,33
    (tie) Koichi Takahashi, JPN, 2572 (1264-1308), 214,33
    14. Lucas Legnani, ARG, 2570 (1187-1383), 214,17
    15. Seto Sai Tung, HKG, 2560 (1289-1271), 213,33
    (tie) Eric Kok, NED, 2560 (1270-1290), 213,33
    17. Ahmed Shaheen, QAT, 2529 (1243-1286), 210,75
    (tie) Badr Al-Sheikh, KSA, 2529 (1281-1248), 210,75
    19. Alan Bride, IRE, 2522 (1253-1269), 210,17
    20. Rhino Page, USA, 2512 (1241-1271), 209,33
    21. Mikael Braendeskov, DEN, 2506 (1258-1248), 208,83
    22. Daniel Falconi, MEX, 2503 (1317-1186), 208,58
    23. Arnar Saebergsson, ICE, 2486 (1379-1107), 207,17
    24. Victor Richards Jr., DOM, 2483 (1228-1255), 206,92
    25. Raul Beekmann, EST, 2478 (1252-1226), 206,50
    26. Khalid Al-Dubyyan, KUW, 2475 (1272-1203), 206,25
    (tie) George Frilingos, AUS, 2475 (1230-1245), 206,25
    28. Thierry Sacco, FRA, 2470 (1270-1200), 205,83
    29. Edmanuel Ramirez, PRC, 2469 (1225-1244), 205,75
    30. William Nimick, NIR, 2468 (1267-1201), 205,67
    31. Kai Guenther, GER, 2466 (1267-1199), 205,50
    32. Tamas Szabo, HUN, 2454 (1157-1297), 204,50
    33. Guy Caminsky, RSA, 2452 (1129-1323), 204,33
    34. Nuno Martinho, POR, 2447 (1254-1193), 203,92
    35. Heorhi Pryhozhy, BLR, 2423 (1200-1223), 201,92
    36. Leopold Grundschober, AUT, 2421 (1267-1154), 201,75
    (tie) Jason Waters, NZL, 2421 (1218-1203), 201,75
    38. Marek Przezpolewski, POL, 2415 (1154-1261), 201,25
    39. Peng Sheng Cheng, MAC, 2410 (1268-1142), 200,83
    40. Zabi Sikander, BUL, 2405 (1166-1239), 200,42
    41. Hussain Ghuloom, BHR, 2391 (1103-1288), 199,25
    42. Dainius Zaltauskas, LIT, 2384 (1172-1212), 198,67
    43. Alex Liew, MAS, 2372 (1202-1170), 197,67
    44. Jean-Marc Godel, SUI, 2365 (1179-1186), 197,08
    45. Massimo Pirozzi, ITA, 2364 (1301-1063), 197,00
    46. Marin Tranier, NCA, 2344 (1174-1170), 195,33
    47. David Hill, IOM, 2327 (1203-1124), 193,92
    48. Sergii Gontar, UKR, 2309 (1126-1183), 192,42
    49. Julio Acosta Jr., ESA, 2304 (1163-1141), 192,00
    50. Antonín Nosek, CZE, 2297 (1188-1109), 191,42
    51. Mark Bondi, SCO, 2293 (1109-1184), 191,08
    52. Samuel Castillo, SPA, 2292 (1204-1088), 191,00
    53. Marjan Pecaver, SLO, 2267 (1110-1157), 188,92
    (tie) Costas Kyriakou, CYP, 2267 (1135-1132), 188,92
    55. Mika Luoto, FIN, 2256 (1106-1150), 188,00
    56. Kenneth Arpa, MLT, 2221 (1028-1193), 185,08
    57. Thia Song Fat, REU, 2188 (1179-1009), 182,33
    58. Makhmut Lazaridi, KAZ, 2182 (1113-1069), 181,83
    59. Graham Coles, GIB, 2176 (1080-1096), 181,33
    60. Sergey Sapov, UZB, 2170 (1072-1098), 180,83
    61. Maurice Talane, FGU, 2160 (1100-1060), 180,00
    62. Derek Tomlin, GUE, 2154 (1005-1149), 179,50
    63. John Koon, MAU, 2144 (1048-1096), 178,67
    64. Patrick Mehdi Leroy, MOR, 2140 (1041-1099), 178,33
    65. Lee Jarvis, JER, 2139 (1055-1084), 178,25
    66. Ladislav Frunyo, SLK, 2119 (936-1183), 176,58
    67. Bira Teodoro, BRA, 2111 (1074-1037), 175,92
    68. Mekuria Habteyes, ETH, 2110 (1004-1106), 175,83
    69. Shashi Kumar, IND, 2065 (998-1067), 172,08
    70. Mohamed Hedi Arif, TUN, 2064 (994-1070), 172,00
    71. Reynaldo Zialcita, GUA, 2048 (1018-1030), 170,67
    72. Steve Dalton, WLS, 2038 (957-1081), 169,83
    73. Chico Pontes, AZO, 2029 (949-1080), 169,08
    (tie) Bashar Kalaji, SYR, 2029 (1063-966), 169,08
    75. Atiq Sikander, AFG, 2028 (994-1034), 169,00
    76. Ilkin Babayev, AZE, 2019 (1005-1014), 168,25
    77. Shant Panos Tomassian, IRQ, 2008 (917-1091), 167,33
    78. Krunoslav Struml, CRO, 2005 (1020-985), 167,08
    79. Omar Al-Fazani, LIB, 1984 (1008-976), 165,33
    80. Aleksandrs Zavjalovs, LAT, 1982 (1028-954), 165,17
    81. Alex Telejman, ROM, 1933 (983-950), 161,08
    82. Dejan Radulovich, SMO, 1931 (980-951), 160,92
    83. Eduard Capatina, MOL, 1819 (919-900), 151,58


    Michael Schmidt shows exceptional pace in men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

     First day leader Michael Schmidt of Canada shot another 1400-plus series in the second of four six-game blocks on Tuesday morning to take a commanding lead in the men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    Schmidt, who posted totaled 1413 yesterday, fired games of 267, 196, 227, 258, 267 and 244 for 1459 and an overall total of 2872, an average of 239,33 over 12 games. "I can't remember I have bowled that well back-to-back", said the 25-year-old right-hander afterwards.

    "The lanes are playing very close to yesterday - if not identical. I learned a lot yesterday," Michael added. "Today, I didn't use a more aggressive ball like in the first block. I started off with the Hammer Big Blue for the first two games, then switched to the AMF Titan and moved deeper between third and fourth arrow."

    The picture shows Michael with Canadian coach Sandy Lowe.

     Trailing the Canadian by 103 pins to sit in second place was 4-time European ranking champion (2000-03) Gery Verbruggen. The lefty from Belgium nearly felled 1442 pins today for 2769, 12-game total. Russian Nikita Koshelev is in third place with 2654 behind a 1310-series. Fourth place belongs to Tyrone Ongpauco who registered 1363 in his second block. The Filipino felled 2637 pins overall.

    Steve Thornton of England who has tossed the 28th 300-game in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup history in the final game yesterday, once again saved the best for the end. Thornton finished with 257 to land in fifth position with 2632.

    Argentina's Lucas Legnani leapfrogged into 8th place (2570) behind a huge 1383-series. 1999 World Cup champion Ahmed Shaheen is 11th with 2529, two places ahead of 3-time American Zone champion Daniel Falconi of Mexico, who is 13th with 2503. Iceland's Arnar Saebergsson, who had a great start with 1379 fell to 14th (2486) behind a 1107-series.

     Asian ranking leader Alex Liew (pictured) continued to struggle at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana. The 29-year-old Malaysian, who won titles in Qatar and Bahrain this year, checked in with disappointing 1170 to sit in 21st position after 12 of 24 games with 2372 pinfall total.

    The 41 players of B squad will conclude the second day of the men's competition. The players from 83 countries will bowl two more six-game sets on Wednesday and Tuesday to cut to the top 24 bowlers. Those 24 bowl another 8 games with pinfall being carried forward. The top 8 after 32 games will advance to the single elimination best-of-three games TV finals.


    Men Round 2

    A Squad after 12 games
    Players with position, country, 12-game total (block 1-2) and average

    1. Michael Schmidt, CAN, 2872 (1413-1459), 239,33
    2. Gery Verbruggen, BEL, 2769 (1327-1442), 230,75
    3. Nikita Koshelev, RUS, 2654 (1344-1310), 221,17
    4. Tyrone Ongpauco, PHI, 2637 (1274-1363), 219,75
    5. Steve Thornton, ENG, 2632 (1342-1290), 219,33
    6. Dominic Lim Zhong, SIN, 2574 (1365-1209), 214,50
    7. Or Aviram, ISR, 2572 (1271-1301), 214,33
    8. Lucas Legnani, ARG, 2570 (1187-1383), 214,17
    9. Seto Sai Tung, HKG, 2560 (1289-1271), 213,33
    (tie) Eric Kok, NED, 2560 (1270-1290), 213,33
    11. Ahmed Shaheen, QAT, 2529 (1243-1286), 210,75
    12. Mikael Braendeskov, DEN, 2506 (1258-1248), 208,83
    13. Daniel Falconi, MEX, 2503 (1317-1186), 208,58
    14. Arnar Saebergsson, ICE, 2486 (1379-1107), 207,17
    15. Khalid Al-Dubyyan, KUW, 2475 (1272-1203), 206,25
    16. Tamas Szabo, HUN, 2454 (1157-1297), 204,50
    17. Nuno Martinho, POR, 2447 (1254-1193), 203,92
    18. Heorhi Pryhozhy, BLR, 2423 (1200-1223), 201,92
    19. Zabi Sikander, BUL, 2405 (1166-1239), 200,42
    20. Dainius Zaltauskas, LIT, 2384 (1172-1212), 198,67
    21. Alex Liew, MAS, 2372 (1202-1170), 197,67
    22. Marin Tranier, NCA, 2344 (1174-1170), 195,33
    23. Sergii Gontar, UKR, 2309 (1126-1183), 192,42
    24. Julio Acosta Jr, ESA, 2304 (1163-1141), 192,00
    25. Antonín Nosek, CZE, 2297 (1188-1109), 191,42
    26. Samuel Castillo, SPA, 2292 (1204-1088), 191,00
    27. Thia Song Fat, REU, 2188 (1179-1009), 182,33
    28. Graham Coles, GIB, 2176 (1080-1096), 181,33
    29. Sergey Sapov, UZB, 2170 (1072-1098), 180,83
    30. Maurice Talane, FGU, 2160 (1100-1060), 180,00
    31. Patrick Mehdi Leroy, MOR, 2140 (1041-1099), 178,33
    32. Ladislav Frunyo, SLK, 2119 (936-1183), 176,58
    33. Bira Teodoro, BRA, 2111 (1074-1037), 175,92
    34. Mekuria Habteyes, ETH, 2110 (1004-1106), 175,83
    35. Mohamed Hedi Arif, TUN, 2064 (994-1070), 172,00
    36. Steve Dalton, WLS, 2038 (957-1081), 169,83
    37. Chico Pontes, AZO, 2029 (949-1080), 169,08
    (tie) Bashar Kalaji, SYR, 2029 (1063-966), 169,08
    39. Aleksandrs Zavjalovs, LAT, 1982 (1028-954), 165,17
    40. Alex Telejman, ROM, 1933 (983-950), 161,08
    41. Dejan Radulovich, SMO, 1931 (980-951), 160,92
    42. Eduard Capatina, MOL, 1819 (919-900), 151,58