Konieczny & Nickel delight German bowling fans in Doubles Squad 4


    2010 MWC

    Sit in third place with the final squad to go at Men's World Championships

    2010MWCBodoKoniecznyJensNickel.jpg2010MWCBillONeillChrisBarnes.jpgBodo Konieczny and Jens Nickel (pictured left, l-r) delighted the German bowling fans in the fourth squad of the Doubles preliminaries at the Men's World Championships in Unterföhring, Germany, when the duo posted a 2514 pinfall total which propelled them into third place on the leaderboard.

    With one game to go the Germans were the only team of the squad who had a chance to make it among the top 4 teams who will advance to the playoffs later today. Konieczny/Nickel needed 373 to overtake 4th seeded Bill O'Neill and Chris Barnes (right, l-r, 2502) and 385 to overtake defending World Doubles champions Patrick Allen and Rhino Page, who where in third place with 2513.

    Konieczny and Nickel struggled in the last game but each of them equaled an open frame with a double. Heading into the final game, both needed a mark with plus good count with the fill ball to beat the Americans.

    2010MWCMathiasArupMartinPaulsson.jpg2010MWCAlexLiewMuhdNurAiman.jpgKonieczny got a strike on his first ball but left a 6-7-10 split which he was unable to convert. Nickel needed 9-spare-8 for a 385 game and that was exactly what he got very much to the delight of their many supporters in the stands.

    Squad 1 leaders Martin Paulsson and Mathias Årup (on the left, r-l), Sweden, held on to the lead with 2621 total pinfall and an average 218.42 on the 45-foot WTBA Mexico City oil pattern.

    Squad 2 leaders Alex Liew and Muhd Nur Aiman, (above right, l-r), Malaysia, remained in second place with 2568 pins (214.00).

    2010MWCPatrickAllenRhinoPage.jpgAllen and Page (right, l-r) dropped to fourth place with 2513 (209.42) while Singles champion O'Neill and bronze medalist Barnes fell out of the top 4 to fifth place with 2502.

    2010MWCLogo_small.jpg The 356 players from 65 countries participating in the 2010 Men's World Championships were split into five squads for the Doubles event at 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring in the outskirts of Munich, Germany.

    Doubles will be contested on the 45-foot WTBA Mexico City oil pattern.

    They will bowl six games preliminaries over two days (three quads on Sunday, two on Monday) with the top four teams advancing to the semifinals on Monday afternoon starting at 6.00 p.m. CET (noon EST).

    2010MWCBrianVoss.jpg2010MWCTedThompson.jpg The 2010 WTBA World Men's Championships will run through Aug. 21st. Players 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, 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.

    Live streaming will be available at Bowlingdigital's Ustream TV Channel


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    All photos by Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler.


    Here's the live streaming schedule:

    Monday, August 16, 2010
    18.00 - 18.45 Doubles - Semifinals
    18.45 - 19.30 Doubles - Championship
    19.30 - 20.00 Doubles - Medals Ceremony

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
    20.00 - 21.00 Trios - Semifinals
    21.00 - 22.00 Trios - Championship

    Thursday, August 19, 2010
    13.30 - 14.00 Trios - Medals Ceremony

    Friday, August 20, 2010
    19.30 - 21.00 Team - Semifinals
    21.00 - 22.30 Team - Championship

    Saturday, August 21, 2010
    08.00 - 10.00 Masters - Round of 16
    10.00 - 12.00 Masters - Quarterfinals
    13.00 - 15.00 Masters - Semifinals
    15.00 - 17.00 Masters - Final
    17.00 - 17.30 Masters - Medal Ceremony

    (all time Central European Time)


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