Denmark raises bar in first block of the World Championships Trios event


    2014 MWC Abu Dhabi

    Øhrgaard, Hansen, Larsen average 239.78 for three games on long oil to take a commanding 183-pin lead after the first of three squads; Colombia's Manuel Otalora sets the pace in All-Events after 15/24 games

    2014MWCTriosHansenOhrgaardLarsen.jpgCarsten Warming Hansen, Frederik Øhrgaard and Thomas Larsen (pictured left, l-r) of Denmark averaged 239.78 in the first block on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern) to take a commanding 183-pin lead after the first of three squads in the Trios event at the Men's World Championships Wednesday morning at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

     The Danes came out of the gates with a 732 game, and continued to strike as they added games of 686 and 740 for a three-game total of 2158, just 38 pins shy of the Championships record set by the United States in 2010 (2196).

    Top 3 of Squad 1. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Larsen (725), the 2014 European Bowling Tour point ranking leader, Øhrgaard (718) and Hansen (715) rolled the three highest individual series in the Squad and outaveraged their nearest competitor, Finland, by more than 20 pins.

    2014MWCTriosJussilaTonteriJehkinen.jpg2014MWCTriosGonzalesOtaloraGomez.jpgFinns Perttu Jussila, Juhani Tonteri and Doubles bronze medalist Joonas Jehkinen (left, l-r) rolled games of 662, 646 and 667 to finish the block in second place with 1975 total and an average of 219.44. Jehkinen led the trio with 707.

    Colombia's only PBA champion Andres Gomez joined forces with former World Games champion Manuel Otalora and Jaime Gonzales (right, r-l) to take third place with 1955 (217.22). Otalora (703) and Gomez (700) both cracked the 700-mark.

    Rounding out the top 4, who will advance to the medal round on Thursday evening following the second block on medium oil (38 ft. Atlanta pattern were Khaled Aldebayyan, Rakan Alameeri and Salem Alyhyooh from Kuwait with 1951 (216.78).

    Squads 2 and 3 will bowl their three games on long oil this afternoon starting a 12.45 and 16.30 Gulf Standard Time (GST) with the second block on short oil to follow on Thursday morning at 8.30, 12.15 and 16.00 after which the field will be cut to the top 4 trios who advance to the medal round.

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

    Manuel Otalora took the early lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) after 15 of 24 games with 3353 and an average of 223.53. UAE's Nayef Eqab Jabber was second with 3315 (221.00) followed by Carsten Warming Hansen and Frederik Øhrgaard in third and fourth place with 3309 (220.60) and 3302 (220.13).

    The top 3 after 24 games will earn the medals in All-Events while the top 24 will advance to the Championships-ending Masters competition on Sunday, December 14.

    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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