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Canada’s Dan MacLelland cracks top 4 in Singles at Men’s Worlds in HK


Former World Champion Dan MacLelland of Canada averaged 224.83 for six games in the third squad of the Singles event to move into fourth place in the preliminaries at the 2018 World Men Championships at SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong, Monday.

MacLelland (right), 33, who won the gold medal in Singles at the 2014 World Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE, rolled games of 215, 232, 212, 234, 213 and a high game of 243 which propelled him to the top of leaderboard in squad 3 with 1349 total. With one more squad to come, MacLelland is the cut for the top four who will advance to the medal round on Dec. 1.

Featured photo from left: The top 4 of Singles Squad 3, Michael Mak, Dan MacLelland, Or Aviram and Tommy Jones.

PBA Player of the Year and four-time titlist Andrew Anderson (left), USA, continued to lead the 203-player field with 1473 and an average of 245.50. Three-time PBA champion and 2018 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup runner-up Kyle Troup is 105 pins back in second place with 1368, while Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia remained in third place with 1361.

MacLelland needed a spare in his last frame to overtake Rafiq (right), but left the 4-7-10 split which cost him the third place.

2017 World Trios champion and three-time 2014 Asian Championships gold medalist Michael Mak (left) finished with five consecutive strikes for 1327 to leap into fourth place for a moment before MacLelland pushed him back to fourth place.

2013 World Cup champion Or Aviram (right) of Israel closed his set with back-to-back 230s to finish mere three pins behind Mak in sixth place with 1324.

Niko Oksanen (left) of Finland, slipped from fourth to seventh place with 1310. Rounding out the top 10 were Edward Rey of Colombia (8th; 1308) and Ricardo Tateishi of Peru (9th; 1298) and Mitch Hupé of Canada (10th; 1296).

Former PBA Player of the Year, 19-time PBA champion and four-time gold medalist at World Bowling World Championships, Tommy Jones (right) rebounded from a slow start (589/3) with 252, 221 and 233 (706/3) and 1295, good for 11th place at the moment.

The Singles preliminaries conclude Monday afternoon with squad 4 starting at 13.45 Hong Kong time. The top 4 out of 266 players from 47 countries will advance to the medal round on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships will be held from Nov. 23 to Dec. 5 at 40-lane South China Athletic Association (SCAA) bowling center in Hong Kong, China. The Championships will be hosted by World Bowling, bowling’s world governing body, and the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress.

266 players from 47 countries, maximum six men per country, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 11-day competition (Nov. 25-Dec. 5).

The Championships is contested on the 38-foot Los Angeles pattern from the current World Bowling library of lane conditioning patterns.

Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 2018 World Men Championships featuring reports, results and photos commencing with the 2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference “Youth Development and Coaching” at the Hong Kong Sports Institute Nov. 20-21, followed by the Opening Ceremonies (Nov. 24), the preliminaries in Singles, Doubles, Trios (Nov. 24-30), the Team preliminaries (Dec. 1-4), during which the Singles and Doubles Finals will be contested, followed by the Trios and Team Finals, all the way through to the Masters finals (Dec. 4-5).

For more information on the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships, please read our Championships Preview.

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