Sweden strikes gold in Doubles at the Men's World Championship


    2010 MWC

    Martin Paulsson and Mathias Årup claim the title in a 10th frame showdown

    2010MWCMartinPaulssonMathiasArup.jpg2010MWCMuhdNurAimanAlexLiew.jpgThe title match of the Doubles competition of the 3rd Men's World Championships at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany, was thriller as top seeded Martin Paulsson and Mathias Årup (pictured left, r-l) of Sweden defeated No. 2 seeds, Alex Liew and Muhd Nur Aiman (right, r-l), Malaysia, in a 10th-frame showdown, 398 to 379, to claim the gold medal.

    The Malaysians were in command of the title match on the 45-foot WTBA Mexico City oil pattern until the final frame.

    Finishing first, Liew spared to finish with 187 while Paulsson narrowed the gap for the Swedes with a double in the 10th frame and a 221 finish. When Nur Aiman left a disastrous 4-6-7-10 split which resulted in an open frame for 192, Årup, working on a strike, needed to mark to win the title.

    2010MWCPaulssonArupLeandersson.jpg2010MWCDoublesGERUSA.jpgÅrup who was working on a strike buried his ball in the pocket to seal the victory with a strike. en route to finish with 177 to give the Swedes the fifth gold medal in the last six doubles event at World Championships (1995, '97, 03, '06 and 2010). For the record, Sweden won the silver medal in 2008.

    Pictured left: Årup and Paulsson celebrate the victory with head coach Tomas Leandersson.

    In the semifinals Årup posted a 253 game to lead his team mate to a 449-373 win over defending champions Patrick Allen and Rhino Page, United States. In the other semifinal, the Malaysians flew past Bodo Konieczny and Jens Nickel of the host country of Germany, 429-325.

    The Malaysians received the silver medal while the teams from Germany and the U.S. shared the bronze medal. Pictured right: l-r, Konieczny, Nickel, Allen and Page


    2010 Men's World Championships - Doubles Playoffs

    Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany (Aug. 16, 2010)

    2010MWCDoublesTop4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Martin Paulsson/Mathias Årup, Sweden
    2. Alex Liew/Muhd Nur Aiman, Malaysia,
    3. Bodo Konieczny/Jens Nickel, Germany, and Patrick Allen/Rhino Page, United States

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: #1 Sweden (Paulsson 196/Årup 253) def.
    #4 United States (Allen 209/Page 164), 449-373
    Semifinal Match 2: #2 Malaysia (Liew 236/Nur Aiman 193) def.
    #3 Germany (Konieczny 177/Nickel 148), 429-325
    Championship: Sweden (Paulsson 221/Årup 177) def.
    Malaysia (Liew 187/Nur Aiman 192), 398-379.


    2010MWCBrianVoss.jpg2010MWCTedThompson.jpg The 2010 WTBA World Men's Championships features 356 players from 65 countries and runs through Aug. 21st.

    Players 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 with game-by-game coverage of the Masters match play . 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


    Doubles Award Ceremonies


    Interview with Matias Arup


    Doubles Championship Match


    Doubles Semifinals

    Click here to go to the Live Scoring.

    Photos can be found on Facebook:
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    All photos by Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler.


    Here's the live streaming schedule:

    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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