Korea shoots 1241 last game to takes the early lead the prestigious Team event


    2014 MWC Abu Dhabi

    Korean fivesome average 223.60 for the first three games on long oil to lead Squad 1 with 3354; United States, Australia and Denmark round out the top 4; Korea's Choi Bokeum maintains lead in All-Events after 21 of 24 games

    2014MWCTeamKorea.jpg2014MWCTeamUSA.jpgKorea's Park Jongwoo, Choi Bokeum, Kang Heewon, Shin Seunghyeon and Kim Kyungmin (pictured left) improved every game, posting scores 1023, 1088 and 1243 for a 3354 total to take the early lead the prestigious five-player Team event at the Men's World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    The Koreans averaged 223.60 for the first three-game block on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern) to lead the United States by 93 pins. Mike Fagan, Chris Barnes, Marshall Kent, Bill O'Neill and Tommy Jones (right) led after the first game with 1101, then fell out of the top 4 behind a subpar 992 but rebounded with 1168 in the last game to take second place with 3261 and an average of 217.40.

    2014MWCTeamAustralia.jpg2014MWCTeamDenmark.jpgAustralia's David Porto, Paul White, Brendan Meads, Sam Cooley and Jason Belmonte (left) were in the top 4 after each game finishing the round in third place with 3209 and an average of 213.93.

    Fourth place belonged to Trios gold medalist Denmark. Frederik Øhrgaard, Carsten Warming Hansen and Thomas Larsen teamed with Jimmy Mortensen and Mik Stampe (right) for 3186, an average of 212.40.

    2014MWCTeamSpain.jpg2014MWCTeamGreece.jpgThe Spanish team with Melvin Ocando, Alejandro Arjonilla, JesĂșs Ballesteros, RubĂ©n Orche and Francisco RodrĂ­guez led the field of 22 teams after two games behind an 1174 effort and finished the Squad in fifth place with 3180 (212 average).

    The Philippines who lost their top bowler Biboy Rivera due to a knee injury prior to the Doubles event, was sixth with 3122, followed by Greece (right) in seventh place with 3106. Colombia (below left) was eighth with 3099 and Germany (below right) ninth with 3056. Rounding out the top 10 was Hong Kong with 2969 or an average 197.93.

    2014MWCTeamColombia3.jpg2014MWCTeamGermany.jpgSquad 2 will bowl their three games on long oil this afternoon starting a 14.00 Gulf Standard Time (GST). The second block on short oil (38 ft. Atlanta) will be played on Saturday morning at 8.30 (places 29 and lower of the first block) and 13.30 (top 28) after which the field will be cut to the top 4 teams 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.

    2014MWCChoiBokeumParkJongwoo.jpg2014MWCMikeFagan.jpgChoi Bokeum (left with Park Jongwoo, right) leads all bowlers of Squad 1 in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) after 21 of 24 games with 4829 and an average of 229.95. Mike Fagan (right) is second with 4798 (228.48) while Park Jongwoo leaped into third place with 4761 (226.71) behind a 741 series this morning. Jongwoo win the gold medals in Team, All-Events and Masters at the 2014 Asian Games.

    The top 3 after 24 games will earn the medals in All-Events with the top 24 advancing 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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    2014 Men's World Championships - Team Standings after Squad 1 Block 1

    First three-game block on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern), second three-game block on medium oil (38 ft. Atlanta pattern); top 4 will advance to the playoffs.


    2014 Men's World Championships - All-Events Standings after Team Squad 1 Block 1

    Top 24 after 24 games will advance to the Masters competition.