Martin Larsen finishes strong in Squad 3 to jump into second place in Singles


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    Swedes strikes out in final game for 259 and 1389 total; Tommy Jones (USA) holds on to the lead with 1434; Squad 1 leaders Glenn Morten Pedersen (NOR) and Shogo Wada (JPN) slip to third and fourth place; Squad 4 concludes qualifying Sunday at 9 a.m. GST

    2014MWCMartinLarsen.jpg2014MWCShinSeunghyeon.jpgMartin Larsen (pictured left) of Sweden closed out his six-game series in Singles Squad 3 with a big 259 game to jump into second place in the overall qualifying standings Saturday evening at the Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    The three-time World Champion averaged over 255 for the first two games (263, 247) but struggled in games three to five (215, 215, 190) at Khalifa International bowling center.

    Needing a 238 final game to surpass fourth place Shin Seunghyeon (right) of Korea (1367), who shared the bronze medal in Singles with Larsen at the 2013 World Championships in Las Vegas, the eight-time European Bowling Tour titlist struck on his last four shots for 1389 total, an average of 231.50.

    2014MWCTommyJones2.jpg2014MWCGlennMortenPedersen.jpgSquad 2 leader Tommy Jones (left), United States, remained atop the 201-player leaderboard with 1434 and an average of 239. Larsen pushed back Glenn Morten Pedersen (right), Norway, to third place with 1381.

    Shogo Wada of Japan fell one spot to the fourth and last place to advance to the medal round with 1371 and an average of 228.50. Koreans Shin Seunghyeon and Kang Heewon, who were tied at 1367 slipped out of the top 4 to fifth and sixth place.

    Their compatriot, multiple world and Asian champion Choi Bokeum led Larsen by 10 pins heading into the last game but had to settle for 10th place after finishing with 215 and 1353 (225.50).

    2014MWCSinglesSquad3Top4a.jpg2013WCBillONeill.jpgRounding out the top 4 in the third of four squads were former youth world champion Daniel Fransson of Sweden and World Games champion Manuel Otalora of Colombia with 1341 and 1331, respectively, good for 14th and 15th place overall.

    L-R Top 4 of Squad 3: Larsen, Bokeum, Fransson and Otalora.

    Defending World Champion in Singles, Bill O'Neill will not repeat his performance from 2013 (pictured right). The Team USA member, a four-time World Champion, averaged only 204.67 to sit in a tie for 70th place with 1228.

    Squad 4 will conclude the qualifying Sunday morning from 9-12.30 after which the field will be cut to the top 4 for the playoffs. In case of a tie for any of the top 4 spots, a one-ball roll-off will be played to break the tie.

    No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 2 meets No. 3 in one-game semi-final matches. The winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal.

    2014MWCLogo2.jpg 2014WorldBowlingLogo.jpg The 2014 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships will be held from December 4-15 at 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 272 players from 49 countries participate in the event.

    The Championships, hosted by World Bowling Tenpin, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City, is open to all WTBA Member Federations who are currently paid up members of World Bowling and their respective zone (PABCON, ETBF, and ABF).

    Maximum six men per country compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 9-day competition (Dec. 6-14).

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi including reports, photos and results starting with the Singles event all the way through to the Masters finals on Sunday, Dec. 14.

    2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress provides live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. Live Scoring can be found on the official Website and on the website of World Bowling

    2014MWCAtlanta38.jpg 2014MWCTokyo43.jpg In accordance with the World Bowling Tenpin Playing Rules, the 2014 Men's World Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern, the 38 ft. Atlanta pattern and the 43 ft. Tokyo pattern, a medium and a long pattern from the World Bowling bank of patterns.

    The Championships are the fourth World Championships for men only since the world's governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling has decided at the WTBA congress in the year 2003 to split the men's and women's events .

    The 2006 MWC took place in Busan, Korea (on 33 ft. Sydney and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern), and was followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 (on 34 ft. Stockholm and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern) and Munich, Germany in 2010 (38 ft. Atlanta and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern).


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