Barrett, Bok-Eum, Barnes, O'Neill take top 4 spots in Singles in Squad 4


    2010 MWC

    Barnes shoots the second perfecto of the 2010 Men's World Championship

    2010MWCDominicBarrett.jpg2010MWCChoiBokEum.jpgCurrent European Bowling Tour ranking leader Dominic Barrett (pictured left), England, overtook the lead in Men's World Championships Singles event during the 4th and penultimate qualifying squad at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany.

    Barrett had games of 200, 263, 200, 217, 247 and finished with a 268 game for 1395 pinfall total and an average of 232.50. The two-time World Youth Championships gold medalist and reigning European Championships Masters champion beat out defending MWC All Events champion Choi Bok-Eum (right), Korea, for the top spot by three pins.

    Bok-Eum led Squad 4 after five games with 1210 behind games of 254 and 277 in games 4-5, but slipped one spot behind a 182 in the final game to sit in second place with 1392 (232.00).

    2010MWCChrisBarnes5.jpg2010MWCBillONeill1.jpgTwo members of the U.S. Dream team, Chris Barnes (left) and Bill O'Neill (right), moved into third and fourth place with 1375 and 1372.

    Barnes, the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year and member of Team USA, which has won the gold medal in the five-player Team event at the 2008 Men's World Championship in Thailand, set the highlight of the squad on Saturday morning when he fired the second 300 game of the Championships in game #2.



    Chris Barnes, USA, shoots the second 300 game of the 2010 World Men's Championships in Singles Squad 4





    In the sixth game, Barnes, finishing last, struck out from the 8th frame to overtake team mate O'Neill by three pins.

    Reigning U.S. Open champion O'Neill closed out his last game with eight consecutive strikes and a 9-count on his fill ball to grab the fourth and last spot to advance with the fifth and final squad still to go.

    2010MWCPasiUotila.jpg2010MWCPaulTrotter.jpgThe top four after the first three rounds of the preliminaries on Friday slipped all the way out of the playoffs to 5th through 8th place. Overnight leader Pasi Uotila (left), Finland, is 5th with 1357, followed by Ernesto Franco, Mexico, in sixth at 1353 with Nobuhito Fujii, Japan, and Jang Dong-Chul, Korea, in 7th and 8th place with 1347 and 1346, respectively.

    Australia's Paul Trotter (right), who was at or near the top of the squad in each of the first five games suffered a disastrous 157 in the final game and had to settle for 15th place with 1299. The preliminaries will conclude on Saturday afternoon with Squad 5. The top 4 players from the 356-player field from 65 countries will advance to the playoffs. The No. 1 seed will bowl the No. 4 seed and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in the semifinals. The single-game match is scheduled to start at 6.30 p.m. with 10 minutes of practice.

    The winners will advance to the finals while the losers will share the bronze medal. In each match, the higher seeded player will choose who will start the game.

    2010MWCBrianVoss.jpgColumnistTedThompson2.jpg 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. will provide live streaming of the semifinals, finals and award ceremonies of each event. The Bowlingdigital team consists of Herbert Bickel (editor), Flavio Cuva (Live Streaming/Video) and Beat Grauwiler (photos).

    PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left) will serve as color commentator and Ted Thompson (right), lane maintenance expert with Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider of the Championships, will serve as analyst. Lucas Wiseman of USBC Communications will assist as play-by-play analyst.

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

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    Singles - Standings after Squad 4



    300 games - (2) Pasi Uotila, Finland; Chris Barnes, United States.