Syafiq Ridhwan makes history by winning men's Bowling World Cup

    12/02/12

    2012 BWC

    No. 3 seed defeats Andres Gomez (COL) and tournament leader Marshall Kent (USA) to become first ever Malaysian World Cup champion

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    2012BWCMarshallKent2a.jpg2012BWCChampionHollowayCheahSyafiqRidhwan.jpgSyafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia followed in the foot prints of women's champion Shayna Ng when the No. 3 seed won two matches to capture the men's title of the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Saturday evening at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    In the title match in best-of-three games format, Ridhwan (pictured left with coach Holloway Cheah) swept tournament leader Marshall Kent (right) of the United States, two-games-to-none, to become the first ever Malaysian World Cup champion in the 48-year history of the event.

    Ridhwan, who beat out UAE's Hareb Al-Mansoori by 30 pins for the third and last place in the stepladder final due to the higher match play bonus, won the first game, 236-225, and sealed the victory with 237-221 win in game two.

    2012BWCAndresGomez.jpgThe 20-year-old Team USA member, who held a 78-pin lead after match play with a 227.47 average for 36 games, had to settle for second place.

    In the opening match of the three-player stepladder finals, Ridhwan was down 1-0 against No. 2 seed Andres Gomez (left) as the Colombian took the first game by two pins, 236-234. Ridhwan leveled the match with a 224-201 and posted a big game to win the deciding third game, 258-213.

    It was the second third-place finish for Colombia's first and only PBA champion after the 2007 World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    For more photos, go to Bowlingdigital's Photo Album (© Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler).

    2012BWCLogo_small.jpg The 2012 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup was held from Nov. 26 to Dec 1 at 24-lane Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. It marked the first time since its inception in 1965 in Dublin, Ireland that the BWC visits Poland.

    151 players, 82 men and 69 women, representing 84 countries participated in the 48th edition of the event. The men were split into three squads (A, B and C) while the women's division featured two squads (A and B).

    All players bowled four five-game blocks of qualifying over four days beginning Monday, Nov. 26. After 20 games, the field was cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Friday, Nov. 30.

    The top eight men and the top 8 women after 28 games advanced to eight games round robin match play Saturday morning, Dec. 1, where the field was paired down to the top three for the stepladder finals.

     


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    48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Men's Stepladder Finals


    Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland (Dec. 1, 2012)

    Championship Round:
    1. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 1189 (5 games)
    2. Marshall Kent, United States, 446 (2 games)
    3. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 650 (3 games)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match: #3 Ridhwan def. #2 Gomez, 2-1
    (234-236, 224-201, 258-213)
    Championship: Ridhwan def. #1 Kent, 2-0
    (236-225, 237-221)

     


    Men's Round of 8


    The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.

     


    48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Men's Final Standings


    1. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia
    2. Marshall Kent, United States
    3. Andres Gomez, Colombia
    4. Hareb Al-Mansoori, UAE
    5. Takashi Taniai, Japan
    6. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany
    7. Matt Chamberlain, England
    8. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine
    9. James Gruffman, Sweden
    10. Michael Schmidt, Canada
    11. Jarmo Ahokas, Finland
    12. Mads Sandbækken, Norway
    13. Guy Caminsky, South Africa
    14. Rolando Antonio Sebelén, Dominican Republic
    15. Jimmy Ravez, Belgium
    16. Sergey Andreev, Russia
    17. Magnus Magnusson, Iceland
    18. Mathieu Bergès, Switzerland
    19. Mise Mrkonjic, Croatia
    20. Derek Lee, Macau
    21. Leonidas Maragkos, Greece
    22. Arturs Levikins, Latvia
    23. Ghalib Albusaidi, Oman
    24. Benjamin Coupland, Australia
    25. Adam Shrubb, Gibraltar
    26. Thierry Sacco, France
    27. Gyorgy Bodis, Hungary
    28. Fabian Lopez, Mexico
    29. Moises Perez Ibanez, Catalonia
    30. Kert Truus, Estonia
    31. Rowen Jay Bautista, Philippines
    (tie) Mohammed Al-Najrani, Saudi Arabia
    33. Phoemphun Yakasem, Thailand
    34. Pawel Bielski, Poland
    35. Tony O'Hare, Northern Ireland
    36. Michell Stinissen, Netherlands
    37. Andreas Christoforou, Cyprus
    38. Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar
    39. Francisco Rodriguez, Spain
    40. James Kelly, New Zealand
    (tie) Steven Gill, Scotland
    42. Keith Saw, Singapore
    43. Giorgio Clinaz, Venezuela
    44. Amedeo Spada, Italy
    45. Dhruv Sarda, India
    46. Adrian Reyes, Chile
    47. Benjamin Kubalek, Austria
    (tie) Seyed Azizollah, Iran
    49. Nati Volfart, Israel
    50. Taygun Erkeskin, Turkey
    51. Mohamed El-Serafy, Egypt
    52. Joshua Chow, Hong Kong
    53. Paulo Lopes, Portugal
    54. Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgaria
    55. Adolfo Vargas, Peru
    56. Josko Hlede, Slovenia
    57. Horacio Bustos, Argentina
    58. Jiri Hindrak, Czech Republic
    (tie) Yuriy Sazonov, Kazakhstan
    60. Claudio Goto, Brazil
    61. Elkhan Feyzullayev, Azerbaijan
    62. Garry Hale, Guernsey
    63. Ammar Yamin, Jordan
    64. Martin Slavkovský, Slovakia
    65. Kestutis Gudauskas, Lithuania
    66. Maher Aneed, Iraq
    67. Bekzod Tukhtaniyazov, Uzbekistan
    68. Lyndon Walters, Wales
    69. Steeve Calumey, French Guiana
    70. Arpad Vass, Romania
    71. Andres Valverde, Costa Rica
    72. Steeve Thia, Mauritius
    73. Nathan Jarvis, Jersey
    74. Siarhei Tazin, Belarus
    75. Bayarkhuu Sambuu, Mongolia
    76. Stephane Severin, Reunion
    77. Marcio Jesus, Azores
    78. Simon English, Ireland
    79. Marin Tranier, New Caledonia
    80. Redha El-Fezzani, Libya
    81. Khaled Meziou, Tunisia
    82. Fekadu Asrat, Ethiopia