Teams USA's O'Neill, Jones and Barnes set the tone in Men's Trios at World Championships


    2013 World Championships

    Americans beat out Colombia for the top spot in Squad 1 as 36 Trios have completed the first block on short oil; rounding out the top four were the United Arab Emirates and Korea; Squad 2 bowlers to complete the first block on Friday afternoon

    2013WCTriosBarnesJonesONeill.jpgBill O'Neill, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes (pictured left, r-l) representing the host country United States of America averaged 226.67 in the first three-game block of the Men's Trios event en route to lead the 36 teams of Squad 1 with 2040 pinfall total.

    The three PBA champions (Barnes 15 titles, Jones 14, O'Neill 4) target to improve on a third-place finish at the 2010 World Championships in Munich, Germany. Barnes, who won Doubles title Wednesday at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center in Henderson, Nev., led the way with 705 to widen his lead in All-Events to 230 pins.

    2013WCTriosMejiaRodriguezRey.jpgJones contributed 685 pins and O'Neill, who won his second consecutive gold medal in Singles earlier this week added 650 to move into second place in All-Events (combined qualifying results in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team).

    The Americans finished with a 694 game to overtake the trio from Colombia, which held the lead after two games. Edward Rey, Oscar Rodriguez and Santiago Mejia (right, r-l), who started with 680 and 682 finished with 630 to hold second place with 1992 and an average of 221.33. Rodrigues posted the highest three-game block of the Championships so far on the 33-feet Sydney pattern with 786 behind games of 288, 254 and 244.

    2013WCTriosAlHassanAlHashemiOqab.jpgTrailing the Colombians by 45 pins to sit in third place were Shaker Al Hassan, Sayed Al Hashemi and Nayef Oqab (left, l-r) of the United Arab Emirates, who rolled three consistent games between 645 and 655 for 1947 total (216.33).

    2013WCSivakornPhoemphunAtittarat.jpgFourth place belonged to Choi Bok-Eum, Cho Young-Seon and Kim Jun-Yung, who checked in with 1925 (213.89). With the second block on the 39-feet Seoul pattern to bowl on Sunday, Swedes Robert Andersson, Dennis Eklund and Martin Larsen is 22 pins behind the Koreans in fifth place in Squad 1 with 1903. Thailand's Sivakorn Krittslunon, Phoemphun Yakasem and Atittarat Cheng (right, l-r), who led after a 722 opening game, sit in sixth place with 1900.

    Rounding out the top 10 in Squad 1 were trios from Norway (1891), Bahrain (1885), Malaysia (1869) and Indonesia (1859).

    Squad 2 bowlers bowl their first block on short oil on Friday. Both squads will return on Sunday to bowl the second block on long oil in revised order. The top 4 after six games will advance to medal round, which will take place on Monday evening.

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    2013WCLogo.jpg The World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships run from Aug. 16 thru 31, 2013 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. in the Las Vegas area. The Championships will award medals in six disciplines - Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters.

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    The top four trios after six games (first block on short oil, second block on long oil) will advance to the Medal Round