Paeng picks toughest World Cup rivals By Manolo Iñigo



    Republished courtesy of Philippine Daily Inquirer (Oct. 19, 2009)

    USBCSilverLevelCoachPaengNepomuceno.jpg2009BWCLogo.jpgSoft-spoken and dignified Paeng Nepomuceno, the world's greatest tenpin bowler, has named his strongest rivals in this year's Bowling World Cup finals in Malaysia.

    A four-time winner of the World Cup, the 52-year-old Nepomuceno picked Walter Ray Williams Jr. of the United States, Michael Schmidt of Canada, Martin Larsen of Sweden, Singapore's Remy Ong and Malaysia's hometown idol Zulmazran Zulkifli as his toughest rivals in tournament on Nov. 14 to 20 in Melaka.

    Williams carries the distinction of having won the most number of PBA (Professional Bowling Association) titles, winning 46 times in the cash-rich American pro tour.

    Schmidt is a former World Cup champion (2005) and runner-up two times; Larsen is a 3-time world champion and finished second in the World Cup last year, Ong is a double gold medalist in the 2006 World Championships and Zulkifli has won titles in several Asian bowling meets.

    2009BWCPHIQPaengNepomucenoLizaDelRosario.jpgIn his quest for a record fifth World Cup crown, Paeng practices five times a week for two hours aside from going to the gym three times a week for an hour-long workout in the morning.

    "I go cycling or swimming to improve my stamina on the days that I'm not in the gym, also for an hour each session," the multi-awarded Paeng said.

    Nepomuceno, who earned his 16th trip to the World Cup, and female kegler Liza del Rosario (pictured left with Paeng), won the right to represent the country in Malaysia by posting lopsided victories during the national finals held last month.