Glover, Kong lead top 10 men and women into round robin match play


    2009 World Games

    Patricia Luoto shoots the first 300 game of the World Games bowling competition

    2009WGZaraGlover2.jpg2009WGKongByoungHee2.jpgZara Glover (pictured left) of England and Kong Byoung-Hee (right), Korea, paced the women's and men's preliminaries in the World Games 2009 Tuesday at Happy Bowling Alley in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

    All players combined 12 games of preliminaries Tuesday with their six-game individual totals from Monday's mixed doubles to cut to the top 10 men and 10 women, however, pinfall is dropped heading into Wednesday's round robin match play.

    Kong, who won the gold medal in Mixed Doubles on Monday, added six-game series of 1319 and 1228 to his 1439 from Mixed Doubles to lead the Men's Singles with 3986 pinfall total and an average of 221.44 for 18 games.

    2009WGChrisBarnes.jpgWith a successful day of preliminaries under his belt Tuesday, Team USA's Chris Barnes (left) feels like he has a shot to make a run at a singles medal at the World Games. The 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year slipped from 7th to 9th after a 1252 in the first block but rebounded with a huge 1404 series in block two to shoot into second place totaling 3904 (216.89).

    "I feel like I'm bowling a little better now than I did in mixed doubles on Monday," said Barnes, who averaged 221.3 for 12 games Tuesday. "I have two game plans in mind for tomorrow, and I think I'll be able to make a pretty good run at it. I'll have to be on my game pretty quickly and keep up with the moves if I want to stay with the rest of the field."

    Mixed Doubles Bronze medalist Adrian Ang, Malaysia, had the highest 1378 series in the morning to move into second place but fell one spot behind an 1169 series in the afternoon with 3874 total (215.22).

    2009WGThomasGrossIvonneGross.jpg2009WGOskuPalerrmaa.jpgThe top 10 men consist of four players from Asia (places 1, 3, 4, 7) and three each from America (places 2, 6, 8) and Europe (places 5, 9, 10).

    Thomas Gross (pictured left with his wife Ivonne), Austria, rolled a 246 final game to help grab the 9th place with 3709.

    Osku Palermaa
    (right), Finland, had a 1348 series in the last block to shoot from 17th to 10th place and to beat out Chester King, Philippines, for the final spot to advance by 10 pins with 3708 (206.00).

    Achim Grabowski
    , Germany, came up strong in the last two games with 266 and 264 but fell short and had to settle for 12th place.

    Glover, who started the day in 10th place behind an 1180 series in Mixed Doubles, fired a six-game block of 1361 to shoot into the lead in the women's division and never looked back. She added 1298 for block 3 to lead the field after the 18-game prelims with 3839 total and an average of 213.28.

    2009WGKristaPollanen.jpg2009WGPatriciaLuotoAchimGrabowski.jpgKrista Pöllänen, Finland, who was leading after Mixed Doubles with 1290, fell to 6th place after an 1149 series but rebounded with a 1330 final set to jump into second place with 3769 (209.39). Wang Yu-Ling, a multiple world champion from Chinese Taipei, moved from 7th to second place after 12 games but slipped one spot in block #3 to finish in third place with 3765.

    Patricia Luoto (pictured right with team mate Achim Grabowskii, Germany, who won the World Games Singles 1997 in Lahti, Finland, was in danger to make the cut to the match play portion in 10th place after 12 games. She posted the highest women's six-game series of the event with 1368 including the tournament's first 300 game to leap into fourth place with 3730.

    Sofia Rodriguez, Guatemala, who won the World Games Singles 2001 in Akita, Japan, hit the cutoff number with 3577 (198.72).

    Five women from Asia (place 3, 5, 7, 8, 9), three from Europe (place 1, 2, 4) and two Americans (place 6, 10) survived the cut. Team USA's Stefanie Nation did not make the cut on the women's side, finishing in 13th place, 141 pins behind the cut number.

    After 10 games of round robin match play Wednesday morning, the top three men and top three women will advance to the stepladder finals to determine the singles medalists.

    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 18 games

    The top 10 advance to round robin match play


    Women's Singles Preliminaries after 18 games

    The top 10 advance to round robin match play