Overnight leader Yan Korshak
of Russia was unable to match the vigorous pace he maintained during the first block but remained atop the leaderboard as the men’s qualifying of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup has reached the halfway point.
Korshak (right), who had 1151 (230.20 average) yesterday evening, added 1027 in the second block of five games on challenging lanes condition at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China, to lead the field of 81 players from 81 countries with 2178 total or an overall average of 217.80 for 10 games.
Multiple World and European champion Martin Larsen (left) of Sweden used a 1059 series to leap from fourth to second place with 2152. Larsen rebounded from a slow start (205, 177) with 220, 234 and 223.
Team USA member Marshall Kent (right) started the day in fifth place and added 1065 to the 1080 from yesterday to take the lead in squad A and to finish the day in third place overall with 2145 total.
Sam Cooley (left) of Australia, who won the China International Open here at Hao’s Bowling last week, bowled with Korshak and Larsen in B squad and had a shot at the lead but finished the second block with his low game of 164 to settle for fourth place with 2133.
Wang Hongbo from the host country China moved from sixth to fifth place with 2101 and was followed by Michael Mak (right) of Hong Kong in sixth place with 2049. Mak won a 23-game qualifier on two different lane condition in Hong Kong to earn his spot in the World Cup while his teammate and 2015 World Cup champion Wu Siu Hong had to withdraw due to injury.
Petteri Salonen (left) of Finland, who led A Squad after block 1, slipped to third place in the squad and seventh overall with 2038 behind a sub-par 941 series today.
Dutch veteran Nico Thienpondt (below right) jumped from 22nd to eighth place with 2026 thanks to a 1050 effort.
Anže Grabrijan of Slovenia leaped from 15th to 9th place with 2021 and rounding out the top 10 was Hafthor Hardarson (left) of Iceland on 2017.
Indonesia’s Hengki (below right) posted the highest series in the second block with 1115, including games of 215, 205, 201, 248 and 246, to rocket from 51st to 12th place in the overall standings with 2006 total.
Yousef Al Jabir (below left) of Qatar put together the second-highest 1080 block which propelled him from 59th to 24th place with 1950 total or an average of 195. The top 24 at the end of the qualifying will advance to the next stage.
The men are done for today and will return to Hao’s Bowling on Wednesday for the third block of qualifying. B squad starts at 3.30 p.m. China Standard Time (CST) and A squad is slated for 7.15 p.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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