No changes atop the Trios leaderboard in Squad 3


    2014 MWC Abu Dhabi

    Denmark, Canada, Sweden and USA hold the top 4 spots after the first three-game block on long oil; Squad 3 leaders Choi, Kang and Shin tie their team mates from Korea for fifth place; Singles champion Dan MacLelland leads in All-Events after 15 of 24 games

    2014MWCTriosShinKangChoi.jpgThere were no changes to the leaderboard in the third squad of the Men's World Championships Trios qualifying Wednesday evening as squad leaders Choi Bokeum, Kang Heewon and Shin Seunghyeon (pictured left, r-l) toppled 2032 pins, an average of 225.78, to tie their teammates from Korea for fifth place.

    The Koreans rebounded from a slow start (617) with 704 and 711. Seunghyeon led the team with 735, Doubles gold medalist Bokeum had 684 and Heewon added 613.

    2014MWCTriosHansenOhrgaardLarsen.jpg Squad 1 leaders Carsten Warming Hansen, Frederik √ėhrgaard and Thomas Larsen (right, l-r) of Denmark emerged as overall leaders after the first block on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern).

    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 (239.78 average), just 38 pins shy of the Championships record set by the United States in 2010. Larsen led the team with 725 and was immediately followed by √ėhrgaard (718) and Hansen (715).

    2014MWCTriosSimardLavoieMacLelland.jpg2014MWCTriosPaulssonAnderssonKarlsson.jpgThe next four places belong to Squad 2 trios. Trailing Denmark by 79 pins to sit in second place were David Simard, Francois Lavoie and Dan MacLelland (left, l-r) of Canada 2079.

    Swedes Martin Paulsson, Robert Andersson and Joachim Karlsson (right, l-r) were just one pin behind in third place with 2078.

    2014MWCTriosFaganKentRash.jpg2014MWCTriosHongKimPark.jpgRounding out the top 4, who will make it to the medal round after another three-game block on medium oil (38 ft. Atlanta pattern), were Team USA's Mike Fagan, Marshall Kent and Sean Rash (left, l-r), who finished their 2038 series with 749, the highest game of the Trios event so far.

    Doubles gold medalist Park Jongwoo, who had the field-best 760 series, and his Korean team mates Kim Kyungmin and Hong Haesol (right, r-l) maintained fifth place with 2032.

    2014MWCTriosLarsenSvenssonFransson.jpg2014MWCTriosBelmontePortoCooley.jpgPlaces 7-9 belonged to Squad 3 trios. Sweden's Martin Larsen, Jesper Svensson and Daniel Fransson (left, l-r) followed a 613 starting game with a big 730 game. Despite Fransson and Larsen were perfect through six frames they finished the game with only 681 for 2024, missing the top 4 by just 14 pins.

    PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, David Porto and Singles bronze medalist Sam Cooley (right, l-r) of Australia and  were further 13 pins back in eighth place with 2011 including three consistent games of 653, 672 and 686.

    2014MWCTriosNNeillJonesBarnes.jpg2014MWCTriosAgerboStampeMortensen.jpgMultiple World Champions Bill O'Neill, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes (left, l-r), who hold the Championship record for three games with 2196 (244 average), sandwiched a 633 low game between 682 and 693 to sit in ninth place with 2008.

    10th place Danes Jimmy Mortensen, Mik Stampe and Jesper Agerbo (right, r-l) are just 43 pins off the pace for the top 4 with 1995 and an average of 221.67.

    The second block concludes the preliminaries Thursday with Squad 2 starting at 8.30 Gulf Standard Time (GST) followed by Squad 3 at 12.15 and Squad 1 at 16.00 after which the field will be cut to the top four trios for the medal round starting at 19.15.

    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.

    2014MWCDanMacLelland.jpg2014MWCChoiBokeum.jpgDan MacLelland (left) leads all 272 bowlers, representing 49 countries, after 15 out of 24 games in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) with 3492 total or an average of 232.80.

    The World Champion in Singles is followed by two Koreans, Choi Bokeum (right; 3457) and Shin Seunghyeon (3452), two Swedes, Jesper Svensson (3425) and Martin Larsen (3420), two Americans, Tommy Jones (3410) and Mike Fagan (3371), and two Finns, Petteri Salonen and Kimmo Lehtonen (both 3365).

    Rounding out the top 10 is Manuel Otalora of Colombia with 3353 and an average of 223.53. 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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