United States three-peats in Team event at Men's World Championships

    08/21/10

    2010 MWC

    Finland takes Team USA to the limit

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    Team USA won its third consecutive five-player team gold medal, defeating Finland 1,073-1,057 in dramatic fashion Friday night at the 2010 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Men's Championships.

    Anchor bowler Tommy Jones locked up the title for the Americans when he struck on the first shot in the final frame to outduel a Finnish team that erased a nearly triple-digit deficit in the final four frames at Dream Bowl Palace.

    Jones led the Team USA effort with a 249 game and was followed by Wes Malott (245), Patrick Allen (202), Chris Barnes (194) and Bill O'Neill (183). Finland was led by Mika Koivuniemi with a 245 game and he was joined by Osku Palermaa (217), Joonas Jahi (214), Pasi Uotila (195) and Petteri Salonen (186).

    "This is what we come here for - to win the team gold medal," Jones said. "Anything less than gold leaves a bitter taste. Winning the team title three times in a row is something we are really proud of."

    When Jones stepped up in the final frame, he knew he needed to perform after Palermaa struck on his first shot. Jones delivered a perfect strike, which was followed by Palermaa leaving a 4 pin on his next shot. That took the pressure off Jones but he struck anyway to allow the Americans to celebrate another title.

    "I didn't bowl well all week but for my team to believe in me enough to let me bowl last was a huge honor, and I'm glad I was able to come through for them," Jones said. "We got ahead early and Finland showed a lot of heart battling back. It was a back-and-forth match and both teams put on a great show."

    The United States advanced to the gold-medal match by defeating Colombia, 1,048-970, in the semifinals, while Finland took down host Germany, 996-941.

    Team USA struggled at the start against Colombia but pulled away down the stretch as Allen led the team with a 235 game and was followed by Jones (231), O'Neill (212), Malott (197) and Barnes (173). Sixth man Rhino Page did not bowl in the semifinals or final for Team USA but still earned a gold medal because he competed in the second round of qualifying.

    In all-events, O'Neill earned the gold medal with ease, finishing with a 24-game total of 5,343, an average of 222.6. Barnes took the silver with 5,258, while Korea's Jang Dong-Chul earned the bronze with 5,091.

    "This is pretty cool, but I don't really think of it as me dominating because I was just out there trying to be my best possible for the team every event," O'Neill said. "Even though I have three gold medals, I'm a little disappointed I didn't bowl better in the team final, but my team was there to pick me up."

    The top 16 players in the all-events standings advanced to Saturday's Masters match play and Team USA will be represented by four players. In addition to O'Neill and Barnes, Allen made it in fourth place with 5,079, while Malott was seventh with 5,065.

    Jones just missed making the Masters, finishing tied for 16th with 5,009 but lost the tiebreaker, which was high last game, with Finland's Salonen. Page finished 22nd with 4,972.

    Bowlingdigital.com will provide live streaming of the Masters match play Saturday, Aug. 21. Coverage of the Round of 16 and quarterfinals will begin at 2 a.m. Eastern, while the semifinals and finals coverage begins at 7 a.m. Eastern.

     


    2010 Men's World Championships - Team Playoffs


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

    Championship Round:
    1. United States - Bill O'Neill,, Chris Barnes, Wes Malott, Patrick Allen, Tommy Jones and Rhino Page
    2. Finland - Petteri Salonen, Joonas Jähi, Pasi Uotila, Mika Koivuniemi, Osku Palermaa and Juhani Tonteri
    3. Bodo Konieczny, Marco Baade, Pascal Winternheimer, Achim Grabowski, Jens Nickel and Michael Holzapfel
    (tie) Jaime Monroy, David Romero, Fabio Garcia, Manuel Otalora, Andres Gomez and Juan Rodriguez

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: #1 United States (O'Neill 212, Allen 235, Malott 197, Barnes 173, Jones 231) def.
    #4 Colombia, (Monroy 167, Romero 195, Garcia 212, Otalora 225, Gomez 171), Semifinal Match 2: #2 Finland (Salonen 170, Jähi 242, Uotila 228, Koivuniemi 189, Palermaa 167) def.
    #3 Germany (Konieczny 212, Baade 170, Winternheimer 207, Grabowski 192, Nickel 160)
    Championship:
    United States (O'Neill 183,, Barnes 194, Malott 245, Allen 202, Jones 249) def. Finland (Salonen 186, Jähi 214, Uotila 195, Koivuniemi 245, Palermaa 217), 1073-1057.

     


    The teams from 54 countries were split into two squads who bowled two 3-game blocks, one each on the 38-foot WTBA Atlanta (Thursday) and 45-foot WTBA Mexico City (Friday) lane conditioning pattern.

    The top 4 five-player teams with the highest 6-game total advanced to the playoffs.

     

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    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.

    2010MWCBowlingdigitalTVWisemannVossThompsonXXL.jpg2010MWCBowlingdigitalTVFlavioCuva.jpg 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.

    L-R Bowlingdigital's TV commentators: Lucas Wiseman, Brian Voss, Ted Thompson and Herbert Bickel.

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

     


     


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    Here's the live streaming broadcast schedule:


    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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    2010 Men's World Championship - Team Preliminaries after six games


    Games 1-3 on 38-ft. WTBA Atlanta, games 4-6 on 45-ft. WTBA Mexico City lane conditioning pattern. The top 4 advance to the playoffs.