Japan's Nobuhito Fujii overtakes the lead in Singles at Men's World Championships


    2010 MWC

    Koreans Jang Dong-Chul, Cho Young-Seon 2, 3; Jean-Marc Samain, Belgium on the bubble

    2010MWCNobuhitoFujii.jpg2010MWCJeanMarcSamain.jpgNobuhito Fujii (pictured left), Japan, moved to the top of the leaderboard in the Singles event at the Men's World Championships in Germany after the second of five squads have completed its six-game block on the 38 ft. Atlanta oil pattern at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring. Fujii used high games of 255, 245 and 243 for a 1347, an average of 224.50, to overtake previous leader Cho Young-Seon, Korea, by 17 pins.

    Fujii survived a strong charge by another Korean, Jang Dong-Chul, who finished with his set with 254, 222 and 258 (734) to fall one pin short of the lead with 1346 (224.33). Cho slipped to third place with 1324 (220.67) and was followed by Jean-Marc Samain (right), Belgium, with 1323 (220.50).

    The top 4 players at the end of the preliminaries will advance to the playoffs. There is a bigger gap between fourth and fifth as fifth place Alain Nicolas, France, finished 44 pins behind Samain with 1279. Gabriel Sanchez, Puerto Rico, fell four spots to 6th place with 1278.

    Petteri Salonen, Finland, is currently in 7th place with 1270. The third Korean, Kim Jea-Hoon, is 8th with 1266. Reigning Bowling World Cup champion Choi Yong-Kyu managed 1226 only, good for 24th place of 144 players.

    2010MWCBrianVoss.jpgColumnistTedThompson2.jpgThe preliminaries continue on Friday with Squad 3 and will conclude on Saturday with Squads 4 and 5

    The 2010 WTBA Men's World Championships will run through Aug. 21st. 356 players from 65 countries will compete for medals in six events - Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Team, All Events and Masters match play.

    Bowlingdigital.com will provide live streaming of the semifinals and finals of each event. PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left) will serve as color commentator and Ted Thompson (right) of Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider of the Championships, will serve as analyst.

    The preliminaries of each event will be streamed with a web cam.

    Live streaming will be available at Bowlingdigital's Bambuser.com Channel

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