Peter Hellström leads top eight men into Round Robin at 49th Bowling World Cup


    2013 BWC

    Swede averages 243.34 for 32 games; Team USA's John Szczerbinski rolls the field-best 1994 series (249.25 average); Nino Stenko (SLO) and Joel Tan (SIN) bring the number of 300s in this event to 16; Or Aviram (ISR) and Humberto Vazquez (MEX) shoot 299; cut number for 8th place is 7612 (237.88)


    Peter Hellström (pictured left) of Sweden averaged 243.34 for 32 games to lead the top 8 men into round robin match play of the 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Sharovaya Molniya bowling center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.

    Hellström, who led the men's division after each of the four qualifying rounds, had eight games between 255 and 214 in Friday's Round of 24 for 1895 pinfall and 7787 overall. The only player who tops Hellström is women's leader Caroline Lagrange of Canada (7809/244.03).

    The fifth round overall featured two 299 games and two 300s, which brought the number of perfect games in this year's event to record 16.

    2013BWCOrAviram3.jpg2013BWCGuyCaminsky2.jpgOr Aviram (left), who had a pair of 300 games in rounds two and three, missed his third perfect game by mere one pin in the opening game. The Israeli added seven games between 269 and 209 to finish with 1964, the third-highest series of the day, en route to leap two spots into second place with 7742 (241.91).

    Mats Maggi of Belgium slipped to third place with 7708 (240.88) behind an 1847 series today. Guy Caminsky (right) of South Africa cracked the 1900-bar with 1923 (240.38 avg.) to move from fifth to fourth place with 7675 (239.84), just 33 pins off the pace for the top 3, who will advance to the stepladder finals after round robin match play.

    2013BWCJohnSzczerbinski3.jpg2013BWCHumbertoVazquezManuelFernandez.jpgStarting the Round of 24 in seventh place, just mere 17 pins above the cut line, John Szczerbinski (left), United States, fired games of 278, 279, 258, 216, 219, 247, 255 and 242 for the field-best 1994 series, an average of 249.25 for eight games, to leap into fifth place with 7661 (239.41).

    Germany's Bodo Konieczny maintained 6th place with 1885 and 7628 (238.38). Humberto Vazquez of Mexico (pictured right with Manuel Fernandez, right), who was in eighth place after the 24-game qualifying portion, finished his series with a 299 game for 1966 (245.75), the second-highest series of the day, to move into seventh place with 7616 (238.00).

    2013BWCAlexeiParshukov2.jpg2013BWCNinoStenko.jpgWhile the top seven players were averaging 240.61 for the round, Alexei Parshukov (left) of the host country Russia average 222.00 "only" and slipped from third place all the way to eighth to take the last spot to advance with 7612 and an average of 237.88.

    Manuel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic finished mere 37 pins behind Parshukov but had to settle for ninth place with 7575 (236.72).

    Nino Stenko (right) of Slovenia and Joel Tan of Singapore each rolled a 300 game in the Round of 24 bringing the total number of perfect games in the 49th Bowling World Cup to 16.

    2013BWCJoelTan.jpgStenko rolled the first 300 game by a Slovenian bowler in BWC history in his second game today for an 1865 series to finish in 13th place with 7499 (234.34).

    Tan (right) achieved the second 300 game for Singapore in a World Cup but the first by a Singaporean man (Jasmine Yeong-Nathan had the first on her way to the 2008 women's title) in game four. He finished the tournament in 19th place with 7386 (230.81).

     The top 8 women and the top 8 men will return Saturday at 9.00 a.m. Krasnoyarsk Time (CET -7 hours; EST -13 hours) for 8 games round robin match play. The men's and women's semifinals and finals are scheduled for 2 p.m. The Victory Banquet will conclude the 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at 8 p.m.

    The picture shows the top eight men. From bottom right clockwise: Bodo Konieczny, Peter Hellström, Humberto Vazquez, Alexei Parshukov, Or Aviram, Mats Maggi, Guy Caminsky and John Szczerbinski. Click on the image to enlarge it.

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    2013BWCLogo.jpg 2013BWCBeatGrauwiler.jpg The World Cup features a long qualifying format as all players bowled four six-game blocks over four days. The field was then cut to the top 24 men and top 24 women for eight additional games to determine the top eight for round-robin match play. After eight games of match play, the top three men and top three women advance to the stepladder finals.

    BowlTV will provide live streaming of the entire World Cup from start to finish. To watch the live stream commented by Lucas Wiseman, click here.

    Photos by Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler (pictured right).


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