Australia and Korea move into third and fourth place in Trios with only one squad to go


    2014 MWC Abu Dhabi

    USA and Korea remain in the lead; overnight leader Denmark needs a 1987 series on medium oil, a 220.78 average, to regain the top spot; Korea's Choi Bokeum shoots 717 in Squad 3 to take the lead in All-Events

    2014MWCTriosCooleyBelmontePorto.jpgAustralia's Sam Cooley, Jason Belmonte and David Porto (pictured left, l-r) closed out their three games on medium oil (38 ft. Atlanta pattern) with a big 729 game to overtake Korea, Sweden and USA en route to move into third place in the Trios standings at the Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    PBA Player of the Year (2012-13) Belmonte led the team Thursday afternoon at Khalifa International Bowling Center with 1419, Singles bronze medalist Cooley added 1337 and Porto contributed 1244 for 4000 on the nose, an average of 222.22.

    2014MWCTriosFaganKentRash.jpg2014MWCTriosShinKangChoi.jpgTeam USA's Mike Fagan, Marshall Kent and Sean Rash (left, l-r) remained atop the leader board with 4144 total and average of 230.22. Korea's Park Jongwoo, Hong Haesol and Kim Kyungmin stayed in second place with 4062 or an average of 225.67.

    Korean anchor bowler Shin Seunghyeon struck three times in the last frame to help his team mates Kang Heewon and Choi Bokeum (right, l-r) to maintain a six-pin lead over Sweden's Jesper Svensson, Daniel Fransson and Martin Larsen.

    2014MWCTriosNNeillJonesBarnes.jpg2014MWCTriosHansenOhrgaardLarsen.jpgWith the final squad 1 yet to bowl the last block, Korea sits in fourth place with 3986 with Sweden in fifth place on 3980 and USA's Bill O'Neill, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes (left, l-r) in sixth place with 3975.

    Denmark's Frederik √ėhrgaard, Carsten Warming Hansen and Thomas Larsen (right), who led the first block on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern) with 2158 or an average of 239.78 need a 1987 series in the last squad, a 220.78 average, to regain the top spot.

    The trios of Squad 1 will bowl their three-game block on medium oil starting at 16.00 Gulf Standard Time (GST) after which the field of 86 trios will be cut to the top four for the medal round starting this evening at 19.15 with the semifinals (to be held simultaneously on lanes 7-8 and 11-12).

    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 (on lanes 9-10) while the losers share the bronze medal.

    2014MWCChoiBokeum.jpg2014MWCMartinLarsen2.jpgWith his 717 series today, Doubles gold medalist Choi Bokeum (left) took the lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) after 18 out of 24 games with 4174 total and an average of 231.89.

    Mike Fagan is mere five pins behind with 4169 (231.61) with team mate Tommy Jones in third position on 4118.

    Just outside the top 3 is Martin Larsen (right) in fourth place with 4113 (228.50), while Singles champion Dan MacLelland of Canada slipped to fifth place with 4101 (227.83).

    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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