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Sweden takes the lead in the second Squad in Trios event at WMC


Mattias Wetterberg, Jesper Svensson and Martin Larsen of Sweden overtook Squad 1 leader Indonesia by 28 pins to take the lead in the Trios preliminaries at the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships as 58 trios have completed the first of two six-game blocks.

The Swedes totaled 2029 pins, an average of 225.44 as a team. Wetterberg led the way with 715, Larsen added 672 and Svensson, a seven-time PBA champion at the age of 23 now, contributed 642.

Featured photo, from left: Squad 2 leader Sweden, Jesper Svensson, Martin Larsen and Mattias Wetterberg.

Hardy Rachmadian, Billy Islam and Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia (left, r-l) slipped one spot to second place with 2001, closely followed by the Netherlands in third with 1997 and EJ Tackett, Kyle Troup and Andrew Anderson of the United States, who fell from second to fourth place with 1984.

The Swedes kicked off squad 2 with a 702 game, including a 279 by Wetterberg. Johnny Spil, 2017 World Champion in Singles, Xander van Mazijk, and Jord van Weeren from the Netherlands (right, r-l) were 65 pins back in second place with 637.

Colombia with Oscar Rodriguez, three-time PBA champion Andres Gomez and former World Games champion Manuel Otalora (left, l-r) was just one pin behind the Dutch on 636, with Graham Fach, winner of the 2016 PBA Players Championship, David Simard and Zach Wilkins of Canada further three pins behind in fourth place with 633.

The Swedes remained in the lead after two games with 1349 behind a 647 effort, but Colombia narrowed the gap to 15 pins in second place with 1334 thanks to 698 second game.

The Netherlands slipped to third place with 1333, despite having a 696 game. The Canadians stayed in fourth position improving to 653 for 1286 total.

Sweden (right) capped off the first block with 680 (Wetterberg 223, Svensson 246 and Larsen 211), the highest third game effort in this squad, to secure first place with 2029.

The Dutch bowlers closed equally strong with 664 (Spil 215, van Weeren 221 and van Mazijk 228) but fell four pins short of second place to position themselves in third at 1997.

Colombia suffered a subpar 582 in the third game for 1916 to sit in sixth place, just behind USA (1984, Tackett, Anderson and Troup, l-r) and the first Swedish trio (1952).

Thailand fell from fourth to seventh place with 1908, followed by England (1898) and Canada 1 (1889). Canada 2 with Fach, Wilkins and Simard (right, r-l) were fourth in Squad 2 to round out the top 10 with 1879.

The 265-player field was split into three squads for the Trios preliminaries which will take place Thursday (first block of three games) and Friday (second block), Nov. 29 and 30, starting at 9.00, 12.45 and 16.30 Hong Kong Time. The top 4 trios will advance to the medal round on Monday, Dec. 3.

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.

265 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).

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2018 World Men Championships – Trios Preliminaries after Squad 2/3 (Block 1/2)

Top 4 after six games will advance to the medal round on Monday, Dec. 3

2018 World Men Championships – Trios Squad 2 (Block 1/2)

Herbert Bickel

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