of China averaged 223.80 in the third qualifying block to give the host country of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup a surprising lead in the men’s division after 15 of 20 games.
The top 4 after Round 3 Qualifying in the men’s division of the 52nd World Cup. From left to right, Martin Larsen (2nd), Sam Cooley (3rd), leader Wang Hongbo and Yan Korshak (4th).
Hongbo (left), who is using the spinner technique in which a right-handed player hits pins 1-3-6-10 for a strike, also known as helicopter style, started the day in fifth place with 2101 10-game total, trailing only to fellow B squad bowlers Yan Korshak, Martin Larsen and Sam Cooley and squad A leader Marshall Kent.
Hongbo started with 202, 235, 190 and 245 to leap into second place before he closed with 247 for 1119 today and 3220 overall, an average of 214.67, to beat out Martin Larsen (right) of Sweden for the top spot by just one pin.
The PBA pro and multiple world and European champion took over the lead in the 81-player field from as many countries with a 232 opening game only to fall behind again due to a 159 second game.
Larsen answered in style as he regained the lead with back to back 254 and 257 game to hold an 81-pin lead over Hongbo heading into the last game.
The schedule sent the Swede to lanes 1 & 2 and he found himself in the seventh frame with only 87 on the score card with three open frames despite a 5-7 split conversion. Larsen rolled three consecutive strikes in frames 8 to 10 but was unable to connect for a four-bagger, which gave Hongbo the lead. Larsen remained in second place with 3219 total and an average of 214.60.
Sam Cooley (left) had a solid start into his third block, but lost a lot of ground due to a 158 in game 3. The Aussie, who won the China International Open here at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai last week, rebounded with 245 and 255 to narrow the gap to Larsen to 29 pins and to leap into third place with 3190 (212.67).
Yan Korshak (right) of Russia who led the field after the first and second round managed only one game over 200 on Wednesday finishing with 972 (194.40 average) to fall from first to fourth place with 3152 (210.13) after squad B had completed the third block.
PBA champion Marshall Kent (left), United States, continued to lead A squad behind a 968 series on Tuesday but slipped one spot to fifth place with 3113. Kent had four games between 170 and 180 and a high game of 267.
Rafig Ismail (right) of Malaysia, who won the Masters title at the 2016 Asian Championships, had the only other 1100-plus series, like Hangbo in B squad, to jump from 21st to sixth place with 1109 and 3072 total.
Petteri Salonen (left) of Finland, who led A Squad after the first five games Sunday, was seventh with 3067 and was followed by Michael Mak of Hong Kong in eighth place with 3058.
Mak (right), who won three gold medals at the Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Hong Kong in September, won a 23-game qualifier on two different lane condition in Hong Kong to earn his spot in this year’s World Cup while his teammate and 2015 World Cup champion Wu Siu Hong was sidelined due to injury.
Anže Grabrijan (left) of Slovenia was the No. 6 in B squad and maintained ninth place overall with 3055. Renan Zoghaib of Brazil (3025), David Simard of Canada (3013) and Indonesia’s Hengki (3010) were the last players who averaged over 200 (3000) en route to sit in 11th, 12th and 13th place.
B squad’s Arturs Levikins (right) started his third game, 13th overall, on lanes 15 & 16 with a spare, then reeled off 10 consecutive strikes and finished with a six-count for 286, the highest game in the men’s division so far. The Latvian chalked up 1094 to leap from 31st to 14th place with 2997 total.
Christopher Sloan (left), a two-handed bowler from Ireland is the man “on the bubble” in 24th place with 2932 or an average of 195.47. The top 24 at the end of the qualifying will advance to the next stage.
The men will return to Hao’s Bowling on Thursday morning for the fourth and last block of qualifying before the cut to the top 24 players. B squad starts at 8 a.m. China Standard Time (CST) and A squad will follow at 11.45 a.m.
The 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
will be held from October 14-23 at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.
Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Shanghai including reports, photos and results after each round. The United States Bowling Congress will provide live streaming on BowlTV.
Split into A and B squad in each division, men and women, all competitors will bowl 20 qualifying games over four days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 28-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).
The top 4 players with highest 36-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs, which will be staged on a specially constructed two-lane arena in the Luwan Sports Complex which is also where Hao’s Bowling is located. This will be covered by live streaming on BowlTV and local Chinese live streaming through Ali Sports.
There will be a one-game knockout match with the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 versus No. 3. The winners of each match will earn a spot in the championship game.
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