Oron Cohen takes the early lead in Men's Qualifying at 50th World Cup


    2014 BWC

    Israeli shoots 295 last game to beat Filipino Biboy Rivera for top spot by seven pins; with Squads B and C yet to bowl, score to make the cut in 24th place is 920 or an average of 184

    2014BWCOronCohen.jpg2014BWCBiboyRivera.jpgThe 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup got underway on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. CET at Sky Bowling Center, one hour behind schedule due to a power outage in Sky Tower in Wroclaw, Poland.

    Oron Cohen (left) of Israel finished the first of four five-game blocks with a huge 295 game to lead the 29 bowlers of Squad A with 1210 total and an average of 242. Cohen, who started his set with 224, 198, 256 and 237, beat out former World Champion (2006, Masters) Biboy Rivera (right) of the Philippines for the top spot by seven pins.

    2014BWCMagnusJohnson.jpg2014BWCGlenLoader.jpgRivera, who came out of the gates commandingly averaging over 250 for the first four games (244, 267, 222, 268), but had to settle for second place with 1203 (240.60) due to a 202 last game.

    Romeo Gagenoiu of Romania was a distant third with 1103 including a 256 high game. Fourth place belonged to Magnus Johnson Jr. (left), son of the legendary former Swedish head coach Magnus Johnson Sr., who is here in Wroclaw to watch competition.

    Johnson Jr. averaged 218.80 and toppled 1094 pins. Australia's Glen Loader was six pins behind in fifth place with 1088 and was followed by Radoslav Tenchev of Bulgaria ins six place with 1078.

    2014BWCMichaelSchmidtRadoslavTenchev.jpg2014BWCSyafiqRidhwan.jpgTwo-time World Cup champion Michael Schmidt (pictured left with Tenchev, right) of Canada had four games between 181 and 226 and a high game of 257 to sit in seventh place with 1073. Rounding out the top 8 was Lorenzo Quereda Ferre of Spain with 1043.

    Syafiq Ridhwan (right) of Malaysia, who won the 48th World Cup two years ago here at Sky Bowling Center, sits in ninth place with 1022 and an average of 204.40. With Squad B and C yet to bowl the first of four qualifying blocks, Baatar Shar of Mongolia holds the 24th and last spot to survive qualifying with 920 or an average of 184.

    Men's Squad B and C will start their first qualifying round at 3.30 and 10 p.m. CET.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif 2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg Bowlingdigital.com will cover the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup live from Wroclaw including reports, photos and results after each round. The event will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

    Live coverage and live streaming commences on Tuesday, November 4th, with the first round of qualifying and concludes on Sunday 9th with the stepladder finals.

    2014BWCLogo.jpg The preliminaries consist of four blocks of five games with the top 24 men and the top 24 women after 20 games advancing to the intermediate round. Those 24 players bowl further 8 games with the pinfall total from the preliminaries being carried forward.

    The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 28 games will bowl a further seven games round robin match play plus one game position round (total 8 games) with 30 pins bonus per win and 15 for a tie.

    The top 3 men and the top 3 women after 36 games including bonus pins will determine the champions in the stepladder finals in best-of-three games format.


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