Sweden sweeps men's and women's Team titles at World Senior Championships


    2013 WSrC

    Women beat top seeded Canadians for the title; men defeat Senior Team USA in title match

    2013WSrCWomenTeamGoldSWE2.jpgSweden, traditionally a power house in team bowling, swept the men's and women's Team gold medals in the inaugural World Senior Championships Thursday morning at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, Nev.

    The Swedish women (left with coach Christer Eklund), Susanne Olsson, Ann-Ki Larsson Carlsson, Lena Sulkanen and Christel Carlsson, seeded third for the playoffs, defeated the top-seeded Canadians, Cathy Harvey, France Joubert, Sharon Tataryn and Jill Friis, in the title match, 827-679, to claim the gold medal.

    2013WSrCMenTeamGoldSWE2.jpgA few lanes to right, Sweden's Jan Nordberg, Christer Pettersson, Stefan Yngström and Christer Danielsson (right with coach Magnus Johnsson) took down Senior Team USA's Hugh Miller, Ed Roberts, Del Ballard Jr. and Ron Mohr, 903-816, to give Sweden its third gold medal of the championships.

    The women's title match wasn't decided before the last two frames. The Swedes had a 64-pin lead after five frames but the Canadians narrowed the gap for a final showdown.

    2013WSrCWomenTeamSilverCAN4.jpgWhile Canada (left) opened four times in their 9th and 10th frames, Olsson doubled, Larsson-Carlsson had a four bagger, Sulkanen three strikes in the 10th and Carlsson closed with three strikes and a 9 for 253 to seal the victory.

    2013WSrCChristelCarlssonLenaSulkanenSWE.jpgSulkanen (pictured right with Christel Carlsson, left), who won three gold medals in Singles, Team and Masters thirty years ago in the World Championships in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1983, is the only bowler in the world, men and women, who has won a title in the adult and senior World Championships.

    "This was the title I really want to win," Sulkanen said afterwards. "I had the experience of winning a team title (the lone gold medal in the team event for Swedish women in WTBA history) and wanted it again."

    2013WSrCWomenTeamBronzeUSA.jpgCarlsson, the anchor bowler, agreed with her team mate. "The team title is the most important title for us. After winning the team gold, we can bowl relaxed in the Masters. Any success there would be the icing on the cake."

    2013WSrCWomenTeamBronzeAUS.jpgIn the semifinals, Sweden topped second-seeded Senior Team USA (left) with Singles champion Lucy Sandelin, Anne Marie Duggan, Tish Johnson and All Events champion Robin Romeo, 794-755, to advance to the gold medal match.

    In the other semifinal, Canada topped No. 4 seed Australia (right) with Jill Morris, Heather Robertson, Robyn Flynn and two-time World Cup champion Jeanette Baker, 857-752.

    The Canadians, who dominated qualifying yesterday, received the silver medal. The Aussies and the team from the host country shared the bronze medal.

    2013WSrCMenTeamBronzeMEX.jpgIn the men's playoffs, most of the spectators, besides the supporters of Puerto Rico and Mexico, were looking forward to a title match between the two dominating countries in this Championships, United States and Sweden.

    2013WSrCMenTeamBronzePRC2.jpgAnd the favorites met the expectations. The Swedes beat No. 4 seed Mexico (left) with Isaac Amkie, Manuel Garcia, Victor Mar and Jesus Gutierrez, 765-696, while Senior Team USA defeated a strong Puerto Rican team (right) featuring Antonio Santa, Antonio Velez, Edward Roncoli and Edgardo Ruiz, in a high scoring match, 860-844.

    The gold medal match was close until the end. Nordberg and Pettersson, who are team mates on Swedish elite club "Joker" proved that it is never bad to have a joker on the team, especially not in Las Vegas, finishing with 236 and 199 respectively.

    2013WSrCMenTeamSilverUSA2.jpgYngström, who has won a gold medal in the World Team Cup for Sweden but never a gold medal in a World Championship, was the man of the match behind a 247 game. As in his title match in Singles against Mohr, Danielsson closed with three strikes and 221.

    "This is the third gold medal for a Swedish men's team at World Championships," said former national head coach Magnus Johnson, "but the first in a four-player team. We started slowly against Mexico but we played extremely well against the U.S."

    It was also the third team title for Johnsson, who coached the Tre-Kronor team to the team gold in the 1999 and 2003 World Championships.

    The United States (above) received the silver medal while Puerto Rico and Mexico took bronze.

    2013WSrCLogo.jpg The 1st World Senior Championships runs from Aug. 10 thru 16, 2013. Men and women will compete in separate divisions for medals in five events - Singles, Doubles, Team, All-Events and Masters. All participants must be 50 years of age or above in the year of the championships.

    Competition continues Thursday afternoon with the first round of the Masters event. All eight players of Sweden and the U.S. finished among the top 24 in All-Events to qualify for the Masters.


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    World Senior Championships - Men's Team Finals

    2013WSrCMenTeamGoldSWE3.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Sweden (Jan Nordberg, Christer Pettersson, Stefan Yngström, Christer Danielsson), 1668 (2 games)
    2. United States (Hugh Miller, Ed Roberts, Del Ballard Jr., Ron Mohr), 1660 (2 games)
    3. Puerto Rico (Antonio Santa, Antonio Velez, Edward Roncoli, Edgardo Ruiz), 844 (1 game)
    (tie) Mexico (Isaac Amkie, Manuel Garcia, Victor Mar, Jesus Gutierrez), 696 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1 (medium):
    No. 1 Sweden (Nordberg 199, Pettersson 216, Yngström 194, Danielsson 156) def.
    No. 4 Mexico (Amkie 169, Garcia 194, Mar 191, Gutierrez 142), 765-696
    Semifinal Match 2 (medium):
    No. 2 United States (Miller 225, Roberts 189, Ballard Jr. 246, Mohr 200) def.
    No. 3 Puerto Rico (Santa 237, Velez 193, Roncoli 205, Ruiz 209), 860-844
    Championship Match (medium):
    Sweden (Nordberg 236, Pettersson 199, Yngström 247, Danielsson 221) def.
    United States (Miller 215, Roberts 184, Ballard Jr. 201, Mohr 216), 903-816


    World Senior Championships - Women's Team Finals

    2013WSrCWomenTeamGoldSWE4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Sweden (Susanne Olsson, Ann-Ki Larsson Carlsson, Lena Sulkanen, Christel Carlsson), 1621 (2 games)
    2. Canada (Cathy Harvey, France Joubert, Sharon Tataryn, Jill Friis), 1536 (2 games)
    3. United States (Lucy Sandelin, Anne Marie Duggan, Tish Johnson, Robin Romeo), 755 (1 game)
    (tie) Australia (Jill Morris, Heather Robertson, Robyn Flynn, Jeanette Baker), 752 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1 (medium):
    No. 1 Canada (Harvey 198, Joubert 265, Tataryn 202, Friis 192) def.
    No. 4 Australia (Morris 209, Robertson 175, Flynn 177, Baker 191), 857-752
    Semifinal Match 2 (short):
    No. 3 Sweden (Olsson 198, Larsson Carlsson 159, Sulkanen 204, Carlsson 233) def.
    No. 2 United States (Sandelin 186, Duggan 198, Johnson 180, Romeo 191), 794-755
    Championship Match (medium):
    Sweden (Olsson 191, Larsson Carlsson 197, Sulkanen 186, Carlsson 253) def.
    Canada (Harvey 161, Joubert 222, Tataryn 137, Friis 159), 827-679.