Glover, Kong set the pace in Singles at World Games 2009


    2009 World Games

    Happy Bowling Alley in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei (July 20-22, 2009)

    2009WGZaraGlover.jpg2009WGKongByoungHee.jpgZara Glover (pictured left), England, and Mixed Doubles gold medalist Kong Byoung-Hee (right), Korea, led the field of 23 men and 23 women after 12 of 18 games in the Singles competition at the 8th World Games at Happy Bowling Alley in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

    The players' individual scores from the mixed doubles carry forward and are combined with 12 additional qualifying games of singles on Tuesday. Kong, who had the highest six-game series of all competitors in Mixed Doubles (1439) added 1319 pins in the first block to lead the men's competition with 2758 and an average of 229.83 for 12 games.

    Bronze medalist Adrian Ang, Malaysia, is second with 2705 after posting the highest block on Tuesday morning, 1378. silver medalist Manuel Otalora, Colombia, is third with 2650. PBA super star Chris Barnes, United States, is 9th with 2500.

    Glover, who had 1180 in Mixed Doubles, jumped into the lead behind a 1361 series with 2541 pinfall total and an average of 211.75. Wang Yu-Ling from the host country Chinese Taipei is second with 2486, while 2001 World Games champion Sofia Rodriguez, Guatemala, is third with 2472.

    The top 10 men and top 10 women after the 18 games advance to round robin match play Wednesday morning. The top three men and top three women then advance to the stepladder finals.

    The Singles finals will be screened live on Eurosport 2 Wednesday, July 22nd between 8.30 and 10.30am BST.

    Bowling is one of more than 30 sports not currently included in the Olympics that are being showcased in the World Games until July 26. Bowling, along with archery, billiards and bocce, is classified as a precision sport.

    The American Zone is represented by Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and the United States. The Asian Zone has sent Chinese Taipei, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Philippines, China and Hong Kong, while the European Zone countries are Austria, England, Finland, Germany, Belgium, France, Norway and South Africa.


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    Men's Singles Preliminaries after 12/18 games

    The top 10 advance to round robin match play


    Women's Singles Preliminaries after 12/18 games

    The top 10 advance to round robin match play