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Denmark stuns USA to win gold medal in Trios


2014MWCTriosGoldDenmark4.jpg2014MWCTriosSilverUSA.jpgIn a title match between the top-seeded teams, Denmark’s Carsten Warming Hansen, Frederik Øhrgaard and Thomas Larsen defeated Team USA’s Marshall Kent, Mike Fagan and Sean Rash (right, l-r) in classic come-from-behind fashion, 647-638, to win the gold medal in Trios in the 2014 Men’s World Championships at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The gold medal match in front of a packed house featured the two best trios of the preliminaries, which consisted of three games on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern) and three games on medium oil (38 ft. Atlanta pattern). The Danes shot 358 pins over on long oil and the U.S. players were 306 pins over on the medium pattern, beating the Danes for the top seed by three pins over six games with championship record 4144 (230.22).

 2014MWCTriosBronzeAustralia.jpgBoth teams chose their favorite pattern for the semi-final matches. The Americans bowled a big game to defeat Australia’s Jason Belmonte, Sam Cooley and David Porto (left, l-r), 735-647, boosted by a 279 from Fagan.

The Danes escaped a battle against equally-tough Koreans Hong Haesol, Kim Kyungmin and Park Jongwoo (below right, l-r)with a 668-662. The match was decided by the anchor bowlers.

Working on a strike, Kim had the chance to shut out Larsen with a double but left a 4-pin on his first shot. Needing a mark Larsen struck on his first shot and kept the next ball on the lane to seal the win.

 2014MWCTriosBronzeKorea2.jpgAustralia and Korea shared the bronze medal. It was the third medal in this Championships for Korea and the second for Australia.

Chosen by the Americans, the gold medal match was contested on medium oil. The Danes led from the beginning but the match close throughout. Heading into the last frame and leading by 31 pins, Denmark’s leadoff bowler Øhrgaard suffered a 3-6-7-10 split which resulted in an open frame.

Working on strike, Fagan, by far the best bowlers in Trios (1515 series), delivered three strikes to level the match. As Rash and Hansen both spared in their 10th frames, it came down to the last frame.

2014MWCTriosChampionsDenmark.jpgWorking on a double, Larsen struck on his first shot to put some pressure on Kent. Needing a doubles and a six-count to shut out the Danes, Kent left the 3-6-10 combination on his first ball to open the doors for Denmark. Needing another strikes and three pins, the 2014 European Bowling Tour point ranking leader closed out the evening in spectacular fashion by delivering two strikes to seal the victory.

2014 World Champion in Trios: Denmark. L-R Coach Michael Bai, Frederik Øhrgaard, Carsten Warming Hansen and Thomas Larsen.

The win marks the first time in World Championship history that the Danish men’s team brings home a gold medal. The three Americans, who were also targeting to win their first gold medal on world level, had to settle for the silver medal.

2014MWCLogo2.jpg2014WorldBowlingLogo.jpgThe 2014 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men’s World Championships will be held from December 4-15 at 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 272 players from 49 countries participate in the event.

The Championships, hosted by World Bowling Tenpin, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City, is open to all WTBA Member Federations who are currently paid up members of World Bowling and their respective zone (PABCON, ETBF, and ABF).

Maximum six men per country compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 9-day competition (Dec. 6-14).

BowlingdigitalBanner.gifBowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi including reports, photos and results starting with the Singles event all the way through to the Masters finals on Sunday, Dec. 14.

2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress provides live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. Live Scoring can be found on the official Website and on the website of World Bowling

2014MWCAtlanta38.jpg2014MWCTokyo43.jpgIn accordance with the World Bowling Tenpin Playing Rules, the 2014 Men’s World Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern, the 38 ft. Atlanta pattern and the 43 ft. Tokyo pattern, a medium and a long pattern from the World Bowling bank of patterns.

The Championships are the fourth World Championships for men only since the world’s governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling has decided at the WTBA congress in the year 2003 to split the men’s and women’s events .

The 2006 MWC took place in Busan, Korea (on 33 ft. Sydney and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern), and was followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 (on 34 ft. Stockholm and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern) and Munich, Germany in 2010 (38 ft. Atlanta and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern).

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Men’s World Championships – Trios Medal Round

Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE (December 11, 2014)

Championship Round:
1. Denmark (Frederik Øhrgaard, Carsten Warming Hansen, Thomas Larsen), 1315 (2 games)
2. United States (Mike Fagan, Sean Rash, Marshall Kent), 1373 (2 games)
3. Korea (Park Jongwoo, Hong Haesol, Kim Kyungmin), 662 (1 game)
(tie) Australia (David Porto, Sam Cooley, Jason Belmonte), 647 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1:
No. 1 USA – Fagan (279), Rash (239), Kent (217) def.
No. 4 Australia – Porto (206), Cooley (192), Belmonte (249), 735-647
Semifinal Match 2:
No. 2 Denmark – Øhrgaard (217), Hansen (248), Larsen (203) def.
No. 3 Korea – Park (195), Hong (258), Kim (209), 668-662
Championship Match:
Denmark – Øhrgaard (187), Hansen (203), Larsen (257) def.
USA – Fagan (223), Rash (226), Kent (189), 647-638.

2014 Men’s World Championships – Trios Standings after Preliminaries

First three-game block on long oil (43 ft. Tokyo pattern), second three-game block on medium oil (38 ft. Atlanta pattern); top 4 advance to the playoffs.

Herbert Bickel

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