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It’s down to eight men at Shanghai World Cup


2016BWCWangHongboWang Hongbo of China rolled the field-best 1771 eight-game series in the Round of 24 to maintain his pole position and to lead the top eight men into round robin match play Saturday morning at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.

The Chinese spinner (right) had games of 200, 239, 191, 237, 236, 202, 236 and 230, an average of 221.38 for eight games, to finish the round with 6018 total and an overall average of 214.93.

The top 8 men in the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup: From left, Martin Larsen, Petteri Salonen, Sam Cooley, Wang Hongbo, Christopher Sloan, David Simard, Anze Grabrijan and Yan Korshak.

2016BWCMartinLarsen2Trailing Hongbo by 89 pins was Martin Larsen (left) of Sweden, who had the third-highest 1709 series today to remain in second place with 5929 (211.75). Finland’s Petteri Salonen (below right) was further 57 pins back to stay in third place with 5872 (209.71).

2016BWCPetteriSalonenSam Cooley of Australia, who won the China International Open in this bowling center 10 days ago, leaped one spot into fourth place with 1657 and 5811 total (207.54).

2016EBT11ChrisSloan2Christopher Sloan (left) was two pins behind eighth place Marshall Kent, USA, heading into the last which pitted the two bowlers together on lanes 23 and 24.

2016BWCMarshallKent2While the two-hander from Ireland bowled a 237 game to secure his spot in tomorrow’s match play round, the Team USA member (right) opened twice failing to convert the 2-4-5-8 bucket in the fourth and the 4-6-7-9-10 Greek Church in the eighth frame.

As most of the games were already finished, the PBA champion knew that he dropped out of the top 8 and threw the last two shots over the left gutter far down the lane for a spare and another open to fall to 11th place with 5636 (201.29).

2016BWCDavidSimardSloan posted the second-best 1753 series to rocket from 22nd to fifth place (5711; 203.96) in a span of just eight games. David Simard (left) of Canada used a 1658 series, including a high game of 255, to move from 11th into sixth place with 5710 (203.93).

2016BWCAnzeGrabrijanAnže Grabrijan (right) of Slovenia leaped one spot into seventh place with 1609 and 5705 (203.75).

2016BWCYanKorshakYan Korshak (left) of Russia, who led the first two rounds of the qualifying, dropped from fourth to eight place beating out 21-year-old 2016 Asian Championships masters champion Rafig Ismail (below right) of Malaysia for the last place to advance by just one pin, 5681 to 5680. It took only a 202.89 average to make top 8.

2016BWCRafiqIsmail2The top 8 players, men and women, will return to Hao’s Bowling on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. China Standard Time (CST) for eight games of round robin match play before the cut to the top 4, who will bowl for the title in an arena-style finale at Luwan Sports Complex which is also where Hao’s Bowling is located. The show starts at 2 p.m. CST.


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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